A recent visitor to Christ Covenant asked me how we actually partnered with our families. There is little doubt he had noticed our intentionality of displaying our school mission statement in every classroom which speaks to this partnership. His actual question is one that others have, too. The actual question is: “Is that partnership real or just a catchy sales pitch that sounds good?”
It is a fair question. We talk a lot about the partnership, the covenant between us and our families. If you look up our social media posts, you’ll see us reference it there, too.
For us, the partnership is very much real to us; it’s truly not a cliche. Yes, we are in the business of shepherding young hearts towards Christ; we desire that our students become spiritually mature to navigate the waters ahead of them in an increasingly secular culture. We also aim to provide the highest academic program in the metro Jackson area so that our students are fully capable of entering any high school after their eighth grade year with us. Our graduates are proof that our students are thriving in their pursuits after they exit our eighth grade program.
Our partnership manifests itself in many ways but a recent expansion has been our addition of the CCS Dads’ Forum.
Each month, we offer the CCS Dads’ Forum to our Christ Covenant Dads. This addition has proven to be a rich time for learning, prayer, encouragement, and fellowship. We tap a local pastor to lead discussions on pertinent topics facing men (and dads) today; we tackle topics like technology and social media as it relates to our students, where our students find significance, the Lord’s calling on our lives as dads and husbands, marriage, leading family worship in the home, prevention of spiritual burnout, etc.. It is a good time for us as men to remind ourselves of our role as pastors in the home, and how we can encourage and disciple our children through these very important years.
As a dad of four little girls, I do find it extremely valuable to send our children to a Christ-centered school, and to have them at a solid church with strong biblical teaching and fellowship. While these are good and important things, it is important that I not abdicate my role of raising my girls in the nurture and admonition of the Lord at home so that there is a unified front between church, home, and school. There are times that each of us can slip into autopilot trusting the church and school to primarily educate my children biblically.
The Bible teaches us that our kids are gifts from the Lord, and we have precious little time (18 years) to prepare them for the rest of their lives. These forums have provided me an opportunity to connect with dads who are fellow strugglers; it is also a great time to be reminded of God’s grace in our lives as men and to learn from one another.
It’s hard for us to admit it sometimes, but we, as men, need help, encouragement, and some education on topics facing our children! Our CCS Dads’ Forum is one expression of our partnership with our covenant families.
If you haven’t attended one yet, I invite you to take advantage of this opportunity! We meet in the school library on the third floor from 6:30-7:30 am once a month. I’ll even entice you to come by offering some coffee, breakfast, and an early room for any students. The dates and speakers of our next three forums include:
- February 21 | Rev. Jeff Jordan, RUF Campus Minister at Mississippi College
- March 21 | Rev. Ed Hartman, Minister of Missions and Outreach at First Pres.
- April 11 | Rev. Carl Kalberkamp, Senior Pastor at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church
And before I get an email, we have officially launched a mom’s counterpart called Warrior Moms. Stay tuned for our next Blog post that speaks to this new dimension of our partnership and their spring schedule.