• Jared Mlynczyk

In a Time of Anxiety, Christian Schools Must Innovate and Serve

If it has yet to be experienced by the masses, one of the dozens of lessons we will learn from this health and economic crisis is quite simple: Schools are vital to our well-being.

Schools are community-building organizations. Or at least they should be. Outside of church, there are few other liturgical gatherings in our culture that bring generations together in the way schools do.

So, even for the introvert, we find ourselves missing the daily interactions with friends, smiling teachers, and a place of stability and rest. For many of us, we're scrambling to re-create a sense of community within our own homes.

More than ever, now is the time for Christian schools to build community through innovation and service to its families.

For innovation, what are the different ways we can deliver our product? How can we best create community in a digital setting? How can we still celebrate the good things the Lord is doing in the lives of young people?

Innovation provokes us to do something that has not been done before. Why not deliver live lessons from teachers and allow students to connect socially? Why not give every child the technology resources, curriculum and teacher time needed to be successful? Why not deepen relationships with announcements, chapels, mentoring, and social hang-outs for students and families? Why not?

At the heart of a Christian school is a Jesus-following educator who wants nothing more than to serve your family. Educators are people pleasers. While the tools and mediums may change substantially, the end goal remains the same: do whatever we can to ensure students grow in their interactive knowledge of Christ and academic trajectory.

Day by day, we can continue seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of our needs will be met. Perhaps at a time like this, Christian schools can be used by God to help fulfill some of those needs.

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