Message from Dr. Barfell
At Southside Christian School, our mission is to "partner with Christian parents to provide an excellent education consistent with biblical truth." This statement of purpose outlines at least two strategic pillars to a true Christian education. The first pillar is that the education of children is the God-given responsibility of the parents. The Scripture outlines this as God commands parents to "impress them upon your children. Talk about them when you sit at home, and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you rise..." (Deuteronomy 6: 7-9) At Southside, we partner with parents to assist them in their responsibility to train and nurture their children.
The second pillar is an education that is consistent with biblical truth. This means that everything taught in the classrooms of our school is biblically directed or biblically integrated with the truth of Scripture. I like to call this process the "intentional re-joining and converging of academic excellence with spiritual formation in Christ." The reality is that any education which omits God or His Word is ultimately an incomplete or inadequate education.
There is something very special about the relationship between a teacher and the student. I believe that this is the key to a great partnership with parents and effectiveness in Christian education. Jesus said, "When a student is fully trained, he will be like his teacher." (Luke 6:40) In the context of a loving, Christian relationship, the teacher then teaches, trains, and encourages a student academically, intellectually, and spiritually. (Read Titus chapter 2)
It is so exciting to see God do His transformative work in the hearts, minds, and lives of our students. When a Christian family partners with Southside Christian School and their local church, the children clearly benefit from this God-ordained trifecta…home, school, and church all working toward the same end.
Southside Christian School is committed to providing an education that develops the Christian mind, nurtures the soul, and shapes Christ-like character…for today and for generations to come. It is a joy to partner with parents and participate in the work God is doing in the equipping of young hearts and minds to become the fullest expression of the masterpiece God has created them to be. (Ephesians 2:10)