Biblical Christian learning Communities are to have three perspectives.

Upward: Communities are sustained by their reason for existence. Biblical Christian learning communities must recognise that they are called into being by the Triune God for the purpose of bringing glory to the Father through the Son by the power of the Spirit.

If that seems too theologically “lofty” for us; then we need to read Paul’s letter to the Colossians until the truths contained there permeate every cell of our beings, every thought and every action. Nothing is more important than this.

Inward: Communities care for one another. Biblical Christian communities search for the Shalom to be found in a communal relationship with God. They care for one another because at the centre of the community is “The Father of all compassion” [1]

There is a clear recognition that Christ brings harmony to His people. There is a clear future hope that His people will know the wonder of Shalom community. So, we yearn for it now.

The community is also united by its sadness and grief when that shalom is missing from its daily life. So, community is not just having a positive attitude, but living with the tension of future promise and present brokenness.

Biblical Christian communities encourage one another on this journey of hope.

Outward: Biblical Christian learning communities do not simply exist for their own benefit.

“. . . a Christian education is for others—the common good of the communities in which we and our students live and serve.” [2]

“Christ-centred schools equip students to be the kind of people who run toward trouble—to see the hurts of the world and try to heal, to see chaos and try to bring order, to see violence and try to bring peace.” [3]

We are to see clearly that we are developing young people to be actively engaged in the world in redemptive ways.

[1] 2 Corinthians 1:3

[2] ACSI statement

[3] Leah Zuidema Dordt College