Oakwell Academy exists to love and glorify God; love and build up the body of Christ through discipleship and help fulfill the Great Commission by loving those who do not know Jesus; affirm and encourage parents; educate students with excellence; and integrate home and school learning and experiences.
Love and glorify God as He is revealed in the Holy Bible. “Jesus replied: `Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matt. 22:37-38). “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17). “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). The Holy Bible is our standard of truth and final authority for faith and practice in all matters relating to this ministry. Our chief aim is to love and glorify God through everything we do.
Love and build up the Body of Christ through discipleship and help fulfill the great commission by loving those who do not know Jesus. The way Jesus modeled reaching the world was through discipleship, and the last command Jesus gave us was the Great Commission. The governing imperative verb of His Great Commission in Matthew’s gospel is “disciple” or “make disciples.” Members of Christ’s Church, therefore, are commanded to make disciples among all peoples by going, baptizing, and teaching them to obey all that Jesus commanded. They are to make disciples in the confident assurance that all authority is given to Jesus and that He will always be with them. This ministry will love and build up the body of Christ by fostering an environment that promotes discipleship in the home and at school through equipping students, teachers, and parents to be disciples who are lifelong, obedient followers of Jesus who make other disciples. This ministry will seek to help fulfill the Great Commission by loving those who do not know Jesus through developing a culture in which the truths of God are incorporated into all areas of life (Deut. 6:4-9), thereby providing opportunities for students to come to know Jesus. This ministry will assist each student in understanding the unique gifts and callings on their life and how those gifts and callings can be used to proclaim the gospel and see the Lord return according to Matt. 24:14.
Affirm and encourage parents in their God-given opportunities and responsibilities. “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deut. 6:5-7). The first two instructions to God’s people after the original giving of the Great Commandment was that they (1) keep God’s commandments in their hearts and (2) teach those commandments in their homes. Parents are God’s single most effective agents for spreading the Gospel to children and discipling young believers. The successful sharing of a parent’s faith and values is best facilitated when actively-involved parents take the time, make the opportunity, and employ the tools needed for developing close, loving, and nurturing relationships with their children. Whether the issue is instilling positive character traits or avoiding negative character traits, parents must take their proper place on the front line, training and developing their children to be disciples of Christ.
Educate with excellence in a Christ-centered environment.“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col. 3:23-24). Children, like their Lord, are to keep “increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Likewise, “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding” (Pro. 3:13). Also, “Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; instruct a righteous man and he will add to his learning (Pro. 9:9). Because we recognize that every student will be like his teacher (Luke 6:39-40), and that we are teaching and instructing students to work “as unto the Lord,” (Col. 3:23) the standard of our performance can be nothing less than excellence (taking into account applicable research and the best relevant practices concerning teaching and learning).
Integrate home and school in age-appropriate ways throughout the curriculum design and student activities. A Christian, University-Model School® exists to provide an excellent, college-preparatory education, while giving parents the gift of time and supporting the parents’ unique role in education and communication of their faith and values.