All of our VCA faculty members received a copy of the book Kingdom Education written by Dr. Glen Schultz. As a regular part of our faculty blog I will be commenting on the contents of this important work.
Dr. Schultz has had a lifelong passion for educating young people according to biblical standards. He has served as a principal and head of school as well as a regional director for ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). He also served as Director of Lifeway Christian School Resources. A graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College (B.A.); the univerity of Virginina (M.Ed and Ed.D) he leads seminars on Christian Education all over the world.
It has been my pleasure to get to know Dr. Schultz personally at the Kingdom Education Institute which is held annually at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. He has been both an encourager and mentor.
The focus of the book Kingdom Education centers around Dr. Schultz's definition of kingdom education as"
"the life-long, Bible-based, Christ centered process of leading a child to Christ, building a child up in Christ, and equipping a child to serve Christ"
In the original edition of the book Dr. Schultz identified 9 Bible based principles that served as the foundation. Since that original writing he has gone on to add several more. As time allows we will examine each one of those in future blogs.
Before we begin our examination of those principles we must, as Dr. Schultz does in his book, identify the end result of education - the shaping of a worldview. He defines worldview as "the underlying belief system held by an individual that determines his/her attitudes and actions in life". When explaining this concept to younger students I have often referred to worldview as the "glasses we wear to view all of life'. To better understand the concept of worldview we can break it down into:
A view of the nature of God
A view of the nature of man
A view of knowledge
A view of right and wrong
A view of the future
Perhaps the most important element of understanding worldview is that everybody has one! If not shaped intentionally and purposefully ones worldview will "default" to the worldview of the culture in which he/she lives. For those of dedicated to the inerrancy and efficacy of the Bible we must be deeply aware that the default worldview for American culture no longer has a biblical basis. In fact it has become increasingly unbiblical. Another key element in understanding worldview is the role it plays in our determining an individual's course of action. What we believe to be true shapes our values which in turn shapes our actions. Dr. Schultz further explains "Kingdom education is God's plan to educate future generations to develop an God-centered worldview and, therefore, to think and act according to God's ways."
In my next blog we will begin to examine the original nine biblical principles that serve as the foundation for Kingdom Education.