Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mission, Vision, and Purpose

What do we stand for at TFCA? 

I often am asked, “What is your vision for TFCA?” or “What is the purpose or mission of your school?” and it makes me stop and think about how we are communicating these to our families, students, staff and community.  Many people may see the framed pictures in our classrooms and offices of our Mission Statement proudly displayed, and yet not really understand the meaning of it.  We post the statements on our website and in our handbooks.  How do we actually strive to live these out by example each day? 

Let me share our Mission Statement with you: 
The Frankfort Christian Academy partners with Christian parents to provide a Biblically integrated education which equips students to embrace Biblical truth, to strive for academic excellence and to exemplify Christ-like servanthood in homes, churches and communities. 

So what does this mean?  How does this actually apply on a daily basis in our school? 

We’ve broken it down into a few smaller pieces: 
Our purpose is to educate and equip students to discover and develop to their full potential in Christ. (Psalm 139: 1-4) 
This purpose encompasses academic, spiritual, emotional and physical growth and development of students.  We know God has a plan for each of them and we want to strive daily to help them on their path to become Godly young men and women.   
Our vision is to prepare future generations of Christian leaders to impact their world for Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20) 
No matter the profession or vocation, we know our students have the ability to impact everyone in their environment for Christ now and in the future.  Each of them have a ministry within their family, their circle of friends and those they will encounter each day at work and in their community.  Whether they are preaching from the pulpit, doing relief work in Africa, teaching in a school, constructing bridges, or raising their family, we want them to do all things to bring glory and honor to God and His kingdom. (Colossians 3:23) 

The other extremely important facet of this mission is that we “partner with Christian parents”.  We do not presume to be the only mode of input in our students’ lives.  Our students should be receiving instruction in studying the Bible, worship, living for Christ, having a strong work ethic and being responsible for their actions in the home.  We want to serve to reinforce and support parents in their efforts to raise young, Christian men and women who stand for truth. We want to guide them in their academic careers and help them achieve the goals they have set for their lives prayerfully with their families.  

We would love to know what you think about these statements.  Do you see evidence of this commitment to mission, purpose and vision in our school?  Do you have opportunities to see these three in action in our school?  We would love for you to share examples with us that you have been a part of or witnessed at TFCA. 

Carrie Beth Tigges, Principal

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