Principal’s Perspective: Growing a Christian Community of Parents
Dear NCS Families,
If two parents do not always agree, how can 100 people?
In the last month, I have met with the 4th and 8th grade parents to discuss how the “body of Christ” is the best plan to make the dream they have for their children come true. Over the last 36 years, I have watched miracles occur in the lives of students, when the people of faith guide the community. The body of Christ, or the Church, is Jesus’ weapon of choice to defeat the kingdom of darkness. The Church is also His solution to bring comfort and salvation to a lost world. I want the power that resides in the parents of NCS to be released upon the whole school.
The parents who attended the meetings, agreed that the dream we have for our children is possible, since all of God’s promises are available to those who follow Jesus. Our discussion drew us towards our responsibilities as members of the body of Christ to encourage one another. A teacher can create a wonderful experience for each child, but there is far more potential for the Spirit of God to impact the community through a group of parents, than just one teacher. If all of the parents support biblical truths for our community, the good possibilities are endless.
As we began interacting during each meeting, we realized that we do not know one another. The lack of relationship inhibits the Spirit’s ability to direct us towards His common goals and philosophy. We discussed that as we come together and agree on the best approach to guide our children, God will bless our efforts.
There was unity in each group as we shared how different America is today. We recalled how our parents were in charge, but now the culture is self-centered. We also agreed that we feel inadequate and frightened as parents. Our insecurities cause us to question if others respect us, or we suspiciously question the motives of others. This sense of inadequacy allows resentment and division to grow. As we all admitted our weaknesses, a peace seemed to enter the room. We agreed that although the parenting culture in America has eroded, we can still be in harmony through the Spirit.
We were fortunate to have three NCS alumni parents, Jill F., Jill W., and Christopher O. join our 8th grade discussion and share their perspective. Jill F.’s perspective was she had to learn that the problems her children experienced, taught them how to apply God’s word towards life. She learned to be thankful for experiences combined with biblical truth, to equip her kids to be responsible and content in high school and college. The second Jill agreed with the first Jill, and added when parents know and comfort one another, the kids also grow and obey. As the parents leaned on one another, they began to support the teachers and share the same biblical truths with their children. Chris contributed to the conversation with the idea that from the age of 12 to 22 years, our kids are fumbling to find the truth and how to handle life. He said it’s going to be difficult, but as we lean on the Lord we will find strength, wisdom and hope.
If we agree to trust biblical wisdom and support our child’s teacher, God will bless everyone. Children who consistently hear their parents uplift other authority figures, later grow into adults who are problem solvers and positive leaders in their communities. Fifty years ago, it was the norm that parents trusted the teacher. The result was a resilient and disciplined student, as they accepted the challenges and responsibilities of life.
May it be our dream to raise children to be overcomers, not complainers. Self-disciplined rather than apathetic. Wise rather than fools. Kind rather than self-centered. Together, I believe the Lord will encourage every child and parent to grow in wisdom and strength.
This year, I look forward to seeing God blend our hearts in one accord, in the pursuit of holiness. Each of us contributes to the building up of the body of Christ, so continue to pray.
Yours in Christ,