What is a Christian learning community?
It is a community .A Christian learning community must be an environment of trust in which each person is valued as an individual with special gifts and talents. 1 Corinthians 12:12
A Christian learning community because what God requires of His people is “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with [their] God” (Micah 6:8). The community is thus governed by freedom and not oppression; demonstrated in unity and in lifestyle commitment, and not in legalism, conformity or uniformity. Loving discipline is foundational to this shared life.
A community demands that there is a real commitment of members of the community to each other, genuine communication, and a high degree of voluntary involvement. Leadership is recognised rather than imposed, and the structure is co-operative rather than hierarchical and must be of “servant leadership style”, marked neither by legalism nor authoritarianism.
The quality of relationships in the school will be marked by love, unity, patience, forgiveness, joy, peace, and listening with a willingness to understand. This will ideally apply in all relationships, including teacher to teacher, teacher (and other staff) to students, students to students, school staff to home, administration to support staff and to teaching staff and, finally, school board to school staff.
Students will be valued and not seen as “commodities”. There will be an attitude of encouragement towards all in the school, especially students. Discipline will be administered in love, fairly and consistently, and for the good of the individual, and the school community. Where there are breaches in discipline there will also be efforts to renew the relationship, and forgiveness displayed.
Staff will be supported with proper remuneration (where possible) and reasonable working conditions. Where there are disputes the governing body will support staff by providing Christian mediation with clear guidelines as to their expectations. Staff will be supported in prayer by the governing body and school leadership. Staff will be encouraged to develop professionally with a strong emphasis on the need for professional development from a Christian perspective.
These are some aspects of a Christian learning community which New Hope International teaches in its Effective Teaching and Learning Series. If you would like more information please go to our webpage.
We are not perfect, and we do not expect perfection, but we desire to set ourselves high standards which are worthy of the God we serve, so that together we can build that community of hope to which we all aspire.