In The School

Purpose Statement

 

We are motivated in all facets by our faith in Jesus Christ, attempting to serve as a reflection of God’s unconditional love for all people.[1]  We seek to honor the Lord in all that we do by operating [Educational Institution] in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.[2]  Every activity and speech that [Educational Institution] or its employees, representatives, volunteers, or students engage in shall be consistent with, and in furtherance of, [Educational Institution’s] religious purposes, both publically and privately.[3]  This is because we are committed to putting our faith into action every day as we use our lives to make a tangible difference for children.[4] 

 

All activities in which [Educational Institution] engages are for the dual religious purposes of furthering its Christian mission, message, and viewpoint and educating students in accordance with that mission.  Whether the activity has an exclusively religious purpose (e.g. worship service, discipleship classes, or religious teaching) or is an ancillary religious activity (e.g. community service projects, extracurricular activities, or social events), it is intended to glorify God.  [Educational Institution] conducts all activities in a holistic manner in order to foster, repeat, advertise or express its Christian mission, message and viewpoint.[5]  In this way, every school activity itself is infused with a religious purpose, as an act of faith, intending to further [Educational Institution’s] religious beliefs and commitment to the faith as outlined 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”), which are incorporated herein by reference, as if fully set forth herein.[6] 

 

            Conveying [Educational Institution’s] Christian message is at the heart of all that we do, in life, deed, word and expression.[7]  [Educational Institution] is dedicated to instilling in our students and the community the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, not simply engaging in organized worship.[8]  Provision of charity and community services, including but not limited to care for children, widows, and those in need, as well as evangelism, strengthening Christian leadership, discipleship and Biblical education, are means of fulfilling Christian duty and providing an example of the Christ-like way of life that  [Educational Institution] seeks to foster.[9]  Therefore, all behavior of students and staff of the school is communicative in nature, exemplifying the faith.  Associating with likeminded Christian families reinforces [Educational Institution’s] Christian purpose and is vital to the faith’s perpetuation. [10]

 

Finally, the primary, exclusive, and only purposes for which [Educational Institution] is organized are religious in nature, including the propagation of our religious faith[11] through biblical education, community services[12], and curriculum[13].  Likewise, [Educational Institution] intends to disseminate, teach, and preach the Gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ, to encourage and aid the growth, nurture and spread of Christianity and to render Christian service.[14]  The recital of these purposes is intended to be exclusive of any and all other purposes, this [Educational Institution] being formed for religious and charitable purposes only.[15]


[1]Spencer v. World Vision, Inc., 633 F.3d 723, 735 (9th Cir. 2011).

[2] Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S.Ct. 2751, 2766 (2014).

[3] See World Vision, 633 F.3d at 434; Univ. of Great Falls v. NLRB, 278 F.3d 1335, 1343 (D.C. Cir. 2002)Universidad Cent. de Bayamon v. NLRB, 793 F.2d 383, 399-400, 403 (1st Cir. 1985) (en banc) (Breyer, J.).

[4] See World Vision, 633 F.3d at 735. 

[5] See Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, 515 U.S. 557, 581 (1995).

[6] See Corp. of Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints v. Amos, 483 U.S. 327, 344 (1987) (Brennan, J., concurring).

[7] See World Vision, 633 F.3d at 434.

[8] See Cline v. Catholic Diocese, 206 F3d. 651, 655-56 (6th Cir. 1999).

[9] See id.; Corp. of Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints v. Amos, 483 U.S. 327, 344  (1987).

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

[11] See NLRB v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago, 440 U.S. 490, 501 (1979) (quoting Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602, 628 (1971)).

[12]Amos, 483 U.S. at 344 

[13] See Spencer v. World Vision, Inc., 633 F.3d 723, 727 (9th Cir. 2011).

[14] See World Vision, 633 F.3d at 736.

[15] See id. at 726.;Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602, 628 (1971).

 

 

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