by Adam Kronberger / Superintendent
What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy? This rhetorical question is the foundation of Gary Thomas’ book “Sacred Marriage”. After 18 years of marriage, I can certainly validate uncountable moments of happiness. But to Gary Thomas’ point, the fruit of marriage is costly and requires teamwork, sacrifice, and growth in holiness from both individuals and it is certainly worth it. Though if had I been the author of marriage, I would have made the experience require much less change from each individual, especially me. But fortunately I am not God, and his plan for marriage has infinite opportunity for transformation in each other’s lives.
Another marriage has existed between Church on the Hill and Crosshill Christian School for the past 25 years. This relationship has also experienced many moments of happiness, and has required constant teamwork, sacrifice, and growth. At times, it might have seemed easier for the two ministries to no longer work together but focus on their missions individually. Yet, what if God designed Church on the Hill and Crosshill Christian School to function together on two campuses to make disciples together?
This question is hardly rhetorical. Twenty-five years of discipleship training combined as we continually seek God’s will continues to confirm God’s amazing plan for Christian schooling on our campuses. What might appear on the surface to many as crazy, God has developed to be strategic. And just like marriage, in order to successfully bring two different identities together, transformation must constantly happen. In short, the church body is better for having a school, and the school community is better for being supported by a church. It seems each week we rejoice in the good work God is doing through the communities of both church and school. And with over 65 churches represented in the CCS student body, the team and transformation is diverse and strong.
God invented education when in Genesis 1:28 he instructed mankind to subdue the earth and have dominion over it. For centuries, the church was at the center of passing down the truth of God’s creation from one generation to another through education. The partnership of Church on the Hill and Crosshill Christian School continues this rich tradition to guide disciples to no longer be conformed to the patterns of this world but but be transformed by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2).
Both Church on the Hill and Crosshill Christian School continue to update facilities on both campuses, and currently are in the middle of expanding the south campus. The motivation behind these decisions come from fulfilling our responsibility to build God’s Kingdom, to this generation and generations behind us. Lead Pastor Bruce Stefanik, Executive Pastor Jason Treadwell, and I spoke at a recent church service detailing the history of the church and school and the current vision for the future. This presentation can be found online at: tinyURL.com/CCSDeepandWide
– Adam Kronberger / Superintendent