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How can a small Christian School in Kidron, Ohio have an impact on the world?  It is possible! The key is a Christ-centered education that focuses on intentionally preparing students to be faithful and active citizens of God’s kingdom.  Jesus’ parable of the yeast helps us to see the possibilities of small amounts of yeast permeating all of the dough. Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is like that.  I imagine the students who have been nurtured and grown in the garden of Central Christian School going out from this place to live out the Good News of God’s kingdom wherever they go.  The vision of the school continues to inspire us: “To Know Christ and To Make Him Known”.

This Christ-centered Anabaptist education is a gift to be shared. We envision Central Christian School as a garden- a nurturing place for faith formation where students are rooted and grounded in love. In this school, students know they are loved and valued by God which enables them to value and love each other. Peacebuilding, including the use of restorative discipline, is regularly modeled and practiced as a lifestyle of nonviolence, seeking justice and being part of a reconciling faith community. Staff members in our school are committed to modeling the life of Jesus Christ. Students are encouraged to grow in relationship with Jesus and to personally follow Jesus through attitudes and practice. Our school strives to eliminate the obstacles that exclude or hinder the ability of students to receive a faith-infused, education of excellence. Stories and symbols of faith and reconciliation are regularly shared in our school community.

We envision Central Christian as a table of meeting, gathering, and fellowship for students, for our broader community, and for the world.  We envision a school that values and is responsive to cultural, racial and socio-economic diversity. Our school provides a space where we value and learn from differences, and to care for each other. Students grow in understanding the process of biblical discernment by asking questions, practicing spiritual disciplines, and engaging with other Christians. Our school is a community that lives the gospel message through praying, serving others, and enabling students to grow in understanding that they can make a positive difference in the world globally and locally. Our school builds a strong faith and learning community in which students and staff support each other.

We envision Central Christian School as a launch pad that echoes Acts 1:8- “ But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Having established strong roots, CCS enables students to practice global awareness, cultural competency, and compassionate living. Students grow in their understanding of stewardship of all God has entrusted to them, including the natural environment. Our school prepares students to live a life of curiosity, wonder and mystery as they join with God to bring the reign of God on earth as it is in heaven.

Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi

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