NGA encourages students to be followers of Christ, equipping them with a biblical and academic foundation to prepare them for adult lives lived in excellence to the glory of God Almighty.
What is a Christian School?
A letter from the Board of Trustees
We, the Board of Trustees felt that it was important, as we aspire to Make NGA a Christian school, to try to define what a Christian school is exactly. We realize that we may not all have the same notion of what it means to be a Christian school and that the label “Christian school” can be defined differently by NGA’s parents, by our faculty and staff, and by our board of Trustees. It is very important that we are united in what we are aspiring to be. We do not believe that a Christian school is a group of perfect people who want to isolate themselves from the world. With that said, we, the Board of Trustees, will try to specifically define what we are aspiring to become.
To begin defining a Christian school, we should start with another definition. We need to define a worldview. What is a worldview and how does a worldview affect our school planning? The simplest definition of worldview is how one views the world. Everyone has a worldview whether we realize it or not. A personal worldview is shaped our emotions, our decisions, and our actions. It affect our views on virtually every aspect of life to include politics, charity, relationships, literature, history, science, archaeology, theology, philosophy & sociology, social order, race… really it affects our view on everything. People of differing faiths will have different worldviews based on their differing beliefs about a Supreme Being. Likewise many people many people who are called Christians have very different worldviews. Most people, including people who claim born-again Christianity, compile their worldview from a variety of sources. Many self-described Christians take some beliefs from the Christian Bible and mix it with beliefs from new age philosophies, the occult, universalism, and secular worldview from books, magazines, TV, movies, music, the internet, and social media. A minority of Christians today have a worldview that would be considered a “biblical worldview”. A biblical worldview is on in one in witch you believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God. If we believe the bible is entirely true then it should naturally become the foundation of our lives, governing our emotions, decisions and actions. A study by Barna Research Group used eight questions to determine if someone held a biblical worldview. The questions are as follows:
- Do absolute moral truths exist?
- Is absolute truth defined by the Bible?
- Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life?
- Is God the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and does He still rule it today?
- Is salvation a gift from God that cannot be earned?
- Is satan real?
- Does a Christian have a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people?
- Is the Bible accurate in all of its teachings?
Affirmative answers to these questions indicate a biblical worldview.
Now that we have defined a biblical worldview, how does it relate to the definition of a Christian school? Our belief is that a Christian school is an institution that holds a biblical worldview. That means that person is in positions of authority have a biblical worldview. Board members, administrators, teachers, coaches, bus drivers, custodial staff, and lunchroom workers hold a biblical worldview and will govern, teach, coach, and otherwise interact with our students from this worldview. Who we hire, appoint and elect should reflect this belief. How a literature teacher teaches literature will be reflected by his worldview, whatever that may be. Likewise, this is true for history, math, science, and coaching. A Christian school employs teachers with a biblical worldview and they bring their belief that the Bible is the ultimate source of truth to their classroom and to their subject. All knowledge is God and every class is an opportunity to bring Him glory, lead the students closer to God, and give them a greater understanding of God Though the subject matter. That is the ultimate goal. We will not ever become a Christian school by taking our secular private school and adding a few religious activities into an otherwise secular day or by sticking crosses or the word “Christ” on our t-shirts and letterhead. This will only lead us being very confusing in our message and our witness to the community. We believe that people who are willing to pay for a Christian school education are willing to pay so that their children will get something different at school than a worldview defined by current culture.
We know that this is a significant philosophical change for our school. Although many parents and faculty members at NGA hold similar beliefs, our school does not have a history of teaching and governing from biblical worldview. The Board of Trustees believes that becoming a Christian school as described above is the correct path for Nathanael Greene Academy. We believe that God can use our school to draw people to Himself. With faith and prayer, let’s endeavor to make this change together. We believe God will provide the path and the provision if we earnestly seek His face. Thank you for your faithfulness and your efforts to improve our school.
The Board of Trustees
While we seek to be respectful of minor differences in theology, these are our non-negotiable beliefs regarding the Christian faith:
- The 66 books of the Bible are the inerrant word of God.
- God exists in union with the three divine persons of the Godhead… God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
- Each of us is born with a sin nature which separates us from God.
- Jesus Christ came to earth, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died a substitutionary death for our sins. He rose from the dead on the 3rd day, defeating sin, death and hell for those who believe. He ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.
- The gift of eternal life with God is given freely to those who believe that Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection paid for all our sins and gave us a right standing with God. Our salvation is a gift of God given by grace through faith alone and not by our works.
We are passionately committed to:
In order to successfully fulfill our mission. NGA will give priority to six core values in everyday practice in every aspect of its educational program.
- Christian Family
- Excellence in Education
“The Bible is the inerrant Word of God that gives direction on every aspect of life”. – 2 Timothy 3:16
- NGA will govern itself according to biblical principles.
- NGA will integrate the Bible into every aspect of the school’s life.
- NGA will implement a spiritual development plan for board members, staff, students, and parents.
- NGA will use our financial resources in conformance with biblical principles.
- NGA will develop a Bible curriculum that teaches sound doctrine and equips students to defend their faith.
- NGA will encourage board members, administration, faculty, students, and parents to be active in a Bible-believing local church.
“Whomever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did”. – I John 2:6
- NGA will employ and/or appoint, develop, and retain board members, administrative staff, and faculty whose actions and attitudes model the love of Christ.
- NGA will train and encourage students to apply the qualities of Christ in their own lives.
- NGA will equip students to communicate their faith to others.
- NGA will develop discipline and behavior standards on biblical principles that lead Christ-likeness in student’s lives.
- NGA will challenge parents to demonstrate Christ-like character in their lives, before their children, and in their community.
“The Christian family is God’s training ground for preparing future generation to know and serve Jesus Christ”. – Deuteronomy 6:6-9
- NGA will develop policies and procedures that honor families.
- NGA will provide training resources to help parents build a Christ-honoring home.
- NGA will strengthen unity in the family by seeking to accommodate children with different learning styles and abilities.
Excellence in Education
A quality education is Bible-based, Christ-centered, and one that challenges students to reach their full potential. It develops godly wisdom in order to encourage them to use their God-given abilities to impact their homes, churches, and communities for Christ.
- NGA will develop an entire program that is based on the truths of God’s words and the preeminence of Jesus Christ.
- NGA will employ and develop teachers who model godly wisdom and Christian virtues in their lives and cultivate and nurture this in the lives of their students.
- NGA will employ and develop teacher who will teach from the biblical perspective that all knowledge in every subject is God given.
- NGA will use curriculum and methods in the classroom that reflect God’s truth and prepare students for a life of service for Christ.
- NGA will challenge students to develop a biblical worldview so that they will be able to intellectually engage the culture of Christ.
- NGA will provide safe and comfortable learning environment where students are actively engaged and challenged in their learning.
- NGA will provide a curriculum that is defined by clear goals and high expectations so that students can achieve success that is measurable and clearly communicated.
“Whoever wants to become great among us must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did no come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” – Mathew 20:20-28
- NGA will encourage students to follow Christ’s example of leadership through servanthood.
- NGA will involve students in activities which teach the value of service before self and joy of servanthood.
- NGA will train students how to identify their spiritual gifts and use them to glorify God through service in their local school, Church, and community.
Every aspect of the educational program must be considered a stewardship responsibility from God so that a biblical legacy will be successfully passed from one generation to the next.
- NGA will develop and operate within a budget that reflects biblical principals of stewardship.
- NGA will provide students with the best possible education the will develop the whole child spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially.
- NGA will select, develop, and maintain all facilities in a way that will honor the Lord and meet the needs of the students.
- NGA will partner with families to assist them in providing their children with a quality Christian education.