Church and Education

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Berean, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Berean

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    How many of you on the BB belong to a church that is involved in some way in education by either having a Christian School, supporting one or perhaps providing facilities at the church for home schoolers? Being a grand (and great) parent I have been concerned for some time about the rapid decline of the public schools or as a lot of people including myself refer to them as government schools.
    We seek to find cause for 80% plus (all depending whos figures you use) of evangelical children leaving the church upon leaving home and it is my opinion that the major cause is failure of parents to properly educate their children by either teaching them that what they are told in gov schools is not necessarly true, sending them to a private school (Christian if possable) or home schooling. It makes as much sense for us to send our troops to our enemy to train as sending our children to place where most everything taught is the exact opposite of what we believe as Christians.
    What would happen if the SBC churches would unite in a common cause and build and operate schools operated as private by an administrater who answers to an elected board not a particular church.
    Don't give me the weak argument; "We would lose our witness in the schools" Do we expect our children to do something we wont do?
     
  2. Pastor David

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    It is interesting that you should post this in that my wife was just speaking to another homeschooling mother in our church last night, and together they are going to start co-oping together sharing some of the responsibility for homeschooling by dividing the teaching of various courses where the other is strongest. We have done other homeschooling co-ops in the past and they've worked very well for us.
     
  3. Bob Alkire

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    I agree with you 100%. Our older two (44 and 39) had some home schooling but mainly Christian school, which both graduated from. Our 14 year old had one year of Christian school and the rest the time she has been home schooled

    I think it would be good. But keep in mind not all SBC Churches are in favor of Christian schools. Our church has been working to open a Christian school for the past few years.
     
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    I am not at all concerened about public schools. I teach at a major university and make it clear that I am a Christian. I find most of the Christians in my classes to be very weak. It is shocking at how weak the churches are they come from . It is a well known fact that the Bible literacy rate is going down. There is only one camp to blame for that. The Christians I see on campus who are the strongest did not have Christian parents and came to know Christ through a student in a parachurch organization.
    You asked a good question that has nothing to do with the public schools. "Do we expect our children to do something we won't do?" You have got to know that most pew sitters do not share their faith. Imagine that happening in countries where the Christians are persecuted?

    In the parachurch organization I was in as a student I do not know of one person who had never shared their faith but I know some from seminary days who had gone to a Christian college who said that they had never shared their faith before that time. One seminary student I knew said that her dad was an ordained deacon in the local church and she had never seen him share his faith.

    In one SBC church I pastored there had been a regular practice of inviting the Mormon bishop to teach.

    If you want to see the strongest Christians then go to where there is the most persecution. I remember well when I was a young college student and heard some of the stories coming from the mouths of freshmen who had just come from countries where Christians were persecuted. I never saw one of them ever lacking boldness.

    I blame nothing on the public but rather what goes on in private in the churches and homes of Christians.

    Jesus sent His disciples into the world to share their faith and make disciples, not build Christian schools.

    To think that education solves the issues is to think like Bill Clinton.
     
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  5. Dale-c

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    How very true.
     
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    I should add that I am not a big fan of the public school but it is not the Church's duty to have such.
    In my church there are kids in public, christian and home schools.
    I have seen strong Christians come out of each. I have seen rebellious kids come out of each.
    The method of education is certainly not the solution.
    That said, it does matter where you put your kids. It is an important decision for parents to make but one that does not have a one size fits all solution.
     
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    Some of the strongest Christians I have met were educated in communist countries in atheistic schools. Christian parents who live like practical atheists tend to produce children like themselves--lukewarm.

    The most important thing is not where the child is sent to, but where the child is sent from.

    It was amazing at how much erroneous information was published by the convention I was a part of that my seven year old daughter noticed and adults failed to notice simply because she read her Bible and asked questions.
     
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  8. Dr. Bob

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    I have pastored two churches (1970-84) with Christian Schools. I spoke around the world on "Christian" education in conventions and seminars (84-91) to thousands of teachers, principals and administrators.

    When my own children reached jr hi, we opted to switch to home school. I felt this the better biblical mode and not the burden on a church. Our present church has 100% home school families and we love it.

    All of my grandchildren are in a Christian school; some homeschooled last few years, but more babies . . . tough to manage it all.
     

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