Last October, I brought together eleven other members of our administrative staff to join me in forming a Strategic Leadership Team. The impetus was to use our collective wisdom and experience to create “clarity of purpose” within Christian Home & Bible School. In order to accomplish this, we needed to step back and answer some very basic questions about our organization and its mission. The first question we addressed was, “why do we exist?” As easy as this may sound, it turned out to be more difficult than we anticipated. The answer would serve as the foundation of every other question we approached. Simply stated, “We exist to show Jesus to children by helping them grow as He did; in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man.” I can’t think of a more succinct way to state our purpose. Secondly, we wanted to determine, “how do we behave and what do we value?” This proved to be nearly as arduous to boil down. It embodies our core values and defines our personality. We agreed that, “We value each child and we honor biblical instruction.” Everything we do should be filtered through these two points. Each employee must be able to examine their behavior to see if the way they communicate, with both children and parents, shows that they value each child and honors biblical instruction.
Finally, we wanted to clarify and redefine, “what do we do?” In essence, something clear and straightforward that describes the nature of our organization. This was the easiest to answer. “We care for and educate children and families in a Christian environment.” It is imperative that our leadership team be crystal-clear, and can accurately describe, the nature of our mission to others within our organization and to those we serve. So why is this important? I want to make sure that we are instilling certain attributes in our kids that will help them to become who God created them to be. Courtesy, honesty, politeness, responsibility, citizenship, cooperation, forgiveness, consideration, and a servant’s heart must be more than just words. They must become second nature for these young men and women. As Solomon said in Proverbs 23:7, “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” We have a responsibility to develop the character traits that will shape their lives for years to come.
As we prepare for our 70th year (more about this in our next issue), I want to thank all of you for providing the financial means necessary to carry out our mission. Churches, individuals, parents and grandparents; you make Christian Home & Bible School a place where children are cared for and God is honored. We are blessed by your love and support!