In The School

Mission Statement

 

CALLING - We are called to glorify God by instilling in our students the gospel message of Jesus Christ[1] and educating the next generation of Christians.  Our calling includes both introduction to and encouragement to remain in a life of full devotion to Jesus Christ.  We are charged with educating, encouraging, equipping, and serving our students and their families, which are an integral part of our [Educational Institution].[2]  We do this by directly instilling our Christian philosophies, values, missions and goals[3] in our students through offering a Christ-centered education[4]. Overt liturgical religious purpose (preaching, worship, Bible instruction, communion, baptism) as well as related non-liturgical religious purpose (social service activities, weddings, teaching, ministry, or events) all serve as methods that [Educational Institution] utilizes to instill our religious values and beliefs.[5]  Even non-liturgical ministries are grounded in [list any and all written organizational policies, governing documents, handbooks, or procedures, including things like employment policies, Standards of Morals and Conduct, discipline, Statements of Faith, religious beliefs, Purpose Statement, Mission Statement, polity, and internal dispute resolution policy] (the “Written Statements of Faith”), of [Educational Institution] – and are therefore subject to all of its ministerial, enrollment, discipline, termination and expulsion policies.[6]

 

            COMMUNITY AND PARTNERSHIP - We believe that our religious activity and education derives meaning in large measure from participation in a larger religious community. For this reason, parents and family of our student body play a large role in furthering our mission and viewpoint as a school.[7]  We exist to foster a Christ-like, educational environment of persons subscribing to our religious beliefs and faith.[8]  [Educational Institution] seeks to instill Christian values in students by having teachers and staff spend time with the students, instructing and engaging them in the learning process. In this way, we transmit our Christian system of values to the next generation.[9] 

 

Associating with likeminded Christian families reinforces [Educational Institution’s] Christian purpose and is vital to our educational mission to perpetuate the faith.[10]  We are committed to being and educating disciples who understand what it means to follow Jesus Christ into a life of worship, fellowship, sacrifice, service and being led by the Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8, John 15:16, Mark 16:15) Our mission as part of the body of Christ is to participate, share, and encourage each other toward spiritual growth. (I Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 10:23-25, Colossians 3:16)  For these reasons, participation in our school requires a tangible commitment to our beliefs, purposes, and mission as outlined in [Educational Institution’s] Written Statements of Faith, which are incorporated herein by reference, as if fully set forth herein. 

 

EXPRESSION OF FAITH - [Educational Institution] intends to transmit our system of religious beliefs, tradition, Christian morals, reverence and values. [11]   We do so by engaging in the community and students’ lives, acts of worship, and through all activities, educational and otherwise, in which we participate.[12]  Likewise, we believe that all behavior of students and staff of [Educational Institution] is communicative in nature, exemplifying and expressing our faith, both publically and privately.[13]  Any student or employee who propounds a point of view contrary to our beliefs as stated in our above-referenced Written Statements of Faith, will impair [Educational Institution’s] integrity and ability to educate in accordance with its religious views and message.[14]

 

OUTREACH MINISTRY - We take very seriously [Educational Institution’s] charge to be a Christian presence in a secular world.[15]  Therefore, all activities that [Educational Institution] engages in are intended to further its religious purpose, as stated in our Purpose Statement.  As such, all of our programs are considered an outgrowth of the mission of [Educational Institution] to preach, teach, evangelize and instill the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.[16]


[1] See Cline v. Catholic Diocese, 206 F.3d. 651, 655-56 (6th Cir. 1999).

[2] See Connor v. Archdiocese of Phila., 601 Pa. 577, 584 (Pa. 2009).

[3] See Circle Sch. v. Pappert, 381 F.3d 172, 182 (3d Cir. 2004).

[4] See Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & Sch. v. EEOC, 132 S. Ct. 694, 699 (2012); see Connor, 601 Pa. at 584.

[5] See Boy Scouts of Am. v. Dale, 530 U.S. 640, 655-656 (2000).

[6] See Connor, 601 Pa. at 584.

[7] See Corporation of Presiding Bishop of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints v. Amos, 483 U.S. 327, 342 (1987); see Roberts v. United States Jaycees, 468 U.S. 609, 622 (1984).

[8] See Boy Scouts of Am., 530 U.S. at 654.

[9] See id., 530 U.S. at 655-656.

[10] See HEB Ministries, Inc. v. Tex. Higher Educ. Coordinating Bd., 235 S.W.3d 627, 659-660, (Tex. 2007).

[11] See Boy Scouts of Am., 530 U.S. at 655-56 (quoting Roberts, 468 U.S.  at 636).

[12] See id.

[13] See id. at 648; see Spencer v. World Vision, Inc., 633 F.3d 723, 734 (9th Cir. 2011); see Univ. of Great Falls v. NLRB, 278 F.3d 1335, 1343 (D.C. Cir. 2002)see Universidad Cent. de Bayamon v. NLRB, 793 F.2d 383, 399-400 (1st Cir. 1985).

[14] See Boy Scouts of Am., 530 U.S. at 643 (quoting Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, 515 U.S. 557, 576-577 (1995))

[15] See Little v. Wuerl, 929 F.2d 944, 945-46 (3d Cir. 1991).

[16] See Hall v. Baptist Mem'l Health Care Corp., 215 F.3d 618, 622 (6th Cir. 2000); see Cline v. Catholic Diocese, 206 F.3d 651, 655-56 (6th Cir. 1999).

 

 

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