One of the great parts of my job is that I get to talk with people from all over the United States. As a mom with a busy household, hearing the questions and concerns of parents who are trying to figure out whether or not to school at home brings me great joy because I have been down that road hundreds of times before with many other families — including my own. Recently, I was having a conversation with a fellow parent about christian education and online learning. We discussed a multitude of topics; biblical integration, teacher roles, gamification, screen time, customized learning… the list goes on. After a while, they asked, “Is an online Christian education worth the cost?”
As I explained my answer, I couldn’t help but to be reminded of my Dad’s favorite item of clothing, his denim jeans. He has had them for as long as I can remember. These jeans are his favorite. After about 50-years of wear, you would think these jeans would be nothing but rags. Actually, they still look better than most pairs of new jeans on the rack at your favorite store! Worn weekly for years, his jeans are still a dark color, soft, comfortable, and with no gaping holes! Those jeans have tremendous value because they have served him well ever since the day he bought them. The investment, significant at the time, was an investment that has paid off a hundred times over because he paid for a quality product that was tailored to him. That is what happens with a tailored Christian education, too.
Christian education is based on, among many other biblical passages, the charge to parents in Proverbs 22:6, where the ancient Hebrew King, Solomon, shared the wisdom that God had taught him about preparing children for their future. He said, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (ESV).
If my dad wrote this verse about his jeans, he might say, “Invest in tailored jeans, because you’ll only have to buy them once as long as you live… if you don’t eat too many sweets.” Ha!
What makes an online christian school worth the investment?
A Christian education is tailored so students achieve their God-given potential. If your child’s school doesn’t know what gifts and talents God has given your child, how can they tailor the education so that it provides the best opportunity for fulfillment of God’s calling and purpose for their life? Like a great fitting pair of jeans, a great education needs to fit the person being educated so that the impact of learning provides maximum benefit.
A Christian education is distinctly faith-based, on the foundation of God’s Word. While this may seem obvious in a Christian school, it is a fundamentally different approach than that used in any public, charter, or non-Christian private school. A Christian education strengthens the faith of students and shapes how students perceive themselves, other students, their culture, and the world. Christian educators share the joy of living as a child of God, as people who are crafted as God’s image-bearers, with inherent worth, value, and dignity.
A Christian education is truly world-class, and accessible anywhere! Accredited online Christian schools, like Lenawee Christian Academy (LCA), have to meet rigorous standards of education in order to maintain their accreditation. Since LCA’s online coursework is based on the proven foundations of Lenawee Christian School’s amazing academic and spiritual record, you can also expect your child’s education to provide exceptional value for their entire life. LCS has sent graduates to all corners of the globe, graduating from the most prestigious institutions worldwide, and living lives of influence as innovators, change agents, pastors, mentors, teachers, and so much more.
Teachers care and get involved in your child’s life. Christian educators aren’t just employed, they are called to their work. They’re like the tailors who crafted my dad’s jeans… trained, gifted, and love their work. While there may be award winning teachers at other schools, Christian school teachers intentionally mentor and disciple students, combining both guidance in academic and spiritual growth as well as social and emotional support. With most children spending around 15,000 to 20,000 hours in school, your child will be influenced by many teachers. Our decision is to choose the type of teachers who will invest in our child’s life over that period of time.
An investment into your child’s life will reap a lifetime of benefits. You can prepare your child for college entrance exams by sending them to a rigorous academic program, just like you can buy an expensive pair of jeans off a rack. Christian education is more than simply adding a bible class. A Christian education shapes how your child understands themselves, their purpose in this world, their relationship with God, and empowers them to be an effective part of society.
I recently learned of a Christian family who sent their kids to their local public school. Each night, as the kids shared what they had learned during the day, the parents needed to explain – often at a younger age than expected – the cultural meanings of sensitive topics that had been discussed at school that day. They were diligent in providing a biblical, and often opposite perspective of what the kids had heard from their teachers.
After several years of doing this, the parents learned of a Christian education option that they could access and could not believe the impact the change made in the lives of their whole family. No longer were their children being bathed in secular, godless worldviews for seven hours a day, their faith was being encouraged and enhanced by christian teachers, coaches, and administrators. Instead of trying to retrain their kids every night, these parents were excited and encouraged by the return on their investment, because their children were less stressed and more confident in their own faith and understanding of the world.
Now, years later, they see the benefits of that investment, well educated children who genuinely love God and are making a positive impact on the world. What a powerful return on investment!
Christian education provides hope for the future. As we’ve learned in 2020, the world is a complex place. With more than 7 billion people who often have problems, need healing, and have no peace, they often cry out for help. Individuals who understand who they are, how they have been gifted, how the world works, and what God expects of them, can make a positive impact on those they serve. Those are the types of people who come from christian schools, like Lenawee Christian Academy. Those are the people that the world needs.
The next time you are out shopping for that perfect pair of jeans, or if you are wondering if it is time to consider a christian education for your child, ask yourself these questions:
- Is your child’s educational program reinforcing a commitment to excellence and strengthening a biblical Christian worldview?
- Are your child’s teachers developing new talents, responsibility, leadership, discipline, and a heart for serving in your child?
- Do you desire spiritual encouragement and peace between school, church, and family life?
- What is holding you back from exploring an online Christian education?
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Lenawee Christian Academy is a highly engaging online learning community for students in grades 6-8. We invite you to discover why families like yours have switched to our school and the benefits they’ve seen by contacting us online to schedule a meeting.
A Tuition Discount is available for a limited time! Enroll your student by February 15, 2021 and get 1/2-off the tuition for the 2021-22 school year. Use promo code LCA1231# when you apply.
This offer is extended to families with incoming 6th or 7th graders. This offer is not available to current students enrolled at Lenawee Christian School or families who reside within 30 miles of our campus in Adrian, MI
Portions of this post were significantly influenced by Brian S. Simmons’ book, Worth It. The 15,000-hour decision, with Steve Rabey.