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What Does Christian Education Look Like?

We often describe Christian Education in terms of what it is not (e.g. not dualistic or not just quoting a Bible verse out of context).  This may lead to insecurities amongst Christian teachers where we can become so worried about not doing the wrong things that we end up doing nothing. 

To address this, the Biblical Foundations Development Team decided to develop a list of ideas of what Christian education does or could look like (with no negative language included).  How will someone know that they are in a Christian school when they walk into our classrooms or staffrooms?  Here is our non-exhaustive, non-ranked list of ideas.  We pray that this will provide some inspiration to you.


What does or could Christian Education look like, sound like or feel like?
  1. Seizing teachable moments to show or discuss how we can apply God’s word and our faith to everyday life
  2. Sitting with a student during lunch/recess who finds it hard to make friends
  3. Being authentic – being yourself
  4. Helping children to see the world with God’s eyes
  5. Talking about real issues – relevant to students
  6. Showing genuine love to all students – even the difficult ones
  7. Learning more about God’s character through His world
  8. Teaching everything from a perspective of God as Creator, humanity as fallen, Christ as God and Redeemer, life lived to the glory of God by loving God and our neighbour with history moving to that final day
  9. Reflecting God
  10. Encouraging students who are Christians to speak up about their faith
  11. Being real about your own questions of faith, the issues you are facing and how you can deal with them God’s way
  12. Inviting a parent who is obviously upset to come in and have a cuppa
  13. Reinforce creation, fall, redemption, restoration and response
  14. Give behaviour consequences in love
  15. Link everyday situations and everyday conversations to what Jesus would do or say
  16. Being in connection with the Spirit
  17. Being open to His spirit to connect learning experiences to all that He is
  18. Linking learning to God’s way
  19. Pray with children and parents at opportune moments
  20. Having the courage to say ‘I don’t know the answer to that’
  21. Having a clear rationale with Christian thinking for each subject
  22. Applying Biblical truths in all areas
  23. Encourage students to do what they can and not get stuck on what they can’t do
  24. Freely talking about Jesus
  25. Asking a parent “How can I help you/pray for you?”
  26. Doing everything as an expression of God’s love
  27. Giving God glory for who He is
  28. Giving students ‘God strategies’ to cope with situations
  29. Tell your God stories
  30. Focusing on God’s plan for us (corporate and individual)
  31. Help students discover their God-given talents
  32. Show the God origin of each and every topic
  33. Keep your life right with God
  34. Being prepared to give up your time to encourage, chat, inquire, point them to God’s love
  35. Encourage them to question the things of God
  36. Teachers are God’s light (ears, words, support) to students and families
  37. Be sensitive to the needs of students
  38. Only the best you can will do
  39. Having a teachable attitude yourself
  40. Discuss God’s order, pattern and incredible creativity when learning about scientific classification
  41. Building relationships that reflects God’s relationship to us/them
  42. Look for God’s plan in HIStory
  43. It looks like singing and praise and worship
  44. It looks like reading the Bible
  45. Teaching English because God is a communicating God and our students are made in His image – the reason we need to learn communication skills
  46. Unpacking with students what we learn about God in each subject
  47. Maths shows how God is a God of order; there is no such thing as chance
  48. History is the outworking of God’s plan; He is in control
  49. Art shows how everything in creation reflects His perfection and glory
  50. Showing in maths and Science that God is a God of order
  51. Ask students how they can show the fruit of the Spirit in their situations
  52. Show children that God is creative and we have His Holy Spirit to help us be creative
  53. It looks like learning, because God wants us to learn about Jesus
  54. Showing students how Christ is important to you
  55. Being a good ambassador for Christ – modelling Christian values and attributes
  56. Providing examples of God’s love and care
  57. Respecting children who have been created in His image
  58. All of life is ethical – always ask what should we do/be/believe/choose?
  59. Helping each child/student grow
  60. Listening, sharing, applying, caring
  61. Filtering our teaching through a Christian worldview filter
  62. Using every opportunity to speak about the gospel
  63. Showing that God is real and relevant
  64. Asking the question: “what is God’s/the Biblical perspective on this topic, subject or issue?”
  65. Being real, relevant and realistic with His perspective
  66. Being alert to opportunities (during lessons or conversations) to speak a word of wisdom
  67. Letting students know that God knows and loves them
  68. Answering children’s questions in truth
  69. Our best efforts should be our goal always
  70. Jesus is the reason we can be part of God’s family
  71. Assessing things and inventions in the light of ‘love God and love your neighbour’
  72. Showing real maturity by in growing more like Jesus
  73. Renewing our minds by reading, thinking through and applying God’s Word
  74. Showing children we are all still learning, making mistakes and needing to grow
  75. Teach the power of words – God created the world through His word and it’s through this word we know His character
  76. Being genuinely interested in their lives
  77. Reflecting Godly attitudes in and out of the classroom
  78. Demonstrating the fruits of the spirit, e.g. self-control, kindness, love, and joy
  79. Be humble – admit when you are wrong
  80. Apologise to students when you’ve been wrong or harsh
  81. Open to (engage students in) discussion about the conflict between the world’s view and a Christian view
  82. Use Biblical knowledge (quotes) to support developing understanding of a Christian worldview
  83. Be fair- clear boundaries, stated expectations, extend grace
  84. Bring sensitive to students’ needs beyond the classroom
  85. Pray for students
  86. Clear definition of our distinctive beliefs
  87. Not necessarily dominated by teacher voice – lots of listening
  88. Refer to Creation – God’s intention for our relationship
  89. Talking to God about everything
  90. Wow – how God made things wonderfully, e.g. Science
  91. Prayer for children who are away, when something things too hard for a child, etc.
  92. Freely asking/answering questions about God/Jesus/the world
  93. Speech is Godly – no gossip
  94. Because God loves us, we love Him, so we love all others, not just the pretty ones
  95. Listening – really listening
  96. Partner with parents – not an intervention between parents and children
  97. Teacher sharing from personal experiences
  98. Freely/openly talking  about Jesus
  99. Acknowledge, accept, learn from mistakes
  100. Comparing God’s expectation with people’s hope of what other will be like when they deal with them
  101. Praying
  102. Reference to Christ as the centrepiece of all wisdom – constantly
  103. Speaking wholesome words
  104. Sharing the word of God
  105. Life and hope
  106. Resources need to be commensurate with the development stage of the student
  107. Teachers smile at students
  108. Have time to spend with students beyond class time
  109. Real – share own life/growth/love for Jesus
  110. Accepting people where the are and inspiring them to see God in their future
  111. Cook a meal for a family going through a difficult time
  112. Authentic relationships
  113. God is honoured through thankfulness and a heart of worship
  114. Helping students to resolve conflicts with dignity and restoration
  115. Unpacking worldviews in English
  116. Allow students to walk in someone else’s shoes to see the world from someone else’s perspective
  117. Allow students to see the hope and good that God can bring to a situation
  118. Christ modelled in words, attitude and approach
  119. Equip students to navigate complex texts in English
  120. Create an environment where students can relax and enjoy the relational aspect
  121. Explain how everything fits with God’s redemptive plan
  122. Encourage students to understand God’s heart of justice
  123. Walking another mile for students, e.g. tutoring
  124. Teaching and showing discernment
  125. Being ready to open up about God’s impact to you at any time
  126. When they see us they should see something of Jesus
  127. Give students opportunities to work together, affirming each other and using their God-given gifts and talents together
  128. Staff praying together and reading the Bible together
  129. Being available to students, other staff and family members
  130. It feels caring
  131. Real humanity
  132. Compassionate – with real concern for students’ lives
  133. Relationships with parents, students and colleagues are important
  134. Safe and secure to share from the heart
  135. Shalom – Peace in turmoil/struggle
  136. Grace and kindness when dealing with misbehaviour
  137. Honesty
  138. Remind children they are never alone since God is watching over them
  139. Being able to forgive, acknowledge fallibility and ask forgiveness
  140. Accepting students’ differences and embracing that
  141. Care – follow up on family problems and DO something (pray, give, share a resource, point a direction)
  142. Non-judgemental
  143. Open and inclusive
  144. Help students to feel accepted and loved by God
  145. Acceptance of each other (even if we disagree about stuff)
  146. Love (kindness, patience, long-suffering)
  147. Authenticity
  148. Demonstrate social justice – a heart for the struggling
  149. Family-community-connection is clear
  150. Remind children we are all made in the image of God.  This is our starting point for accepting one another.
Last modified: Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 11:10 PM