by Adam Kronberger / Superintendent
The majority of Crosshill teachers will participate in a 2-day professional development event this week alongside others from Christian schools in the Northwest that will grow them as educators. Last year during one of the general sessions, the speaker challenged every person in the room to share their school’s mission statement with the person next to them. As it appeared many in the room struggled with this exercise, I was pleased to see Crosshill teachers easily describe the school’s clear mission of discipleship to others. Through the pillars of relationships and God’s Word, the daily medium of learning is built upon the foundation of guiding students to follow Jesus with their entire lives. I must confess that in that moment, a degree of pride swelled up in me about the solid leadership the teachers had received.
I supposed I should have read my Proverb for the day as we know that “pride goes before a fall.” As I sat there with my chest puffed out just a bit more than before, the speaker then gave the room a new challenge. He told all of us to turn to our neighbor and clearly describe our school’s vision. Almost in unison, about 25 pairs of Crosshill eyes turned to me with confused looks on their faces. Apparently the school’s leadership was not as strong in this area. I could not slink down far enough in my chair. Apparently the conference would not only provide growth for teachers, but also for administrators.
As followers in Jesus, we should always be in a place of growth. At salvation, we are set apart to God by the justification of our sins through Jesus’ perfect life and death and resurrection. We are made right before God at the cross, and as believers He wants us to experience that rightness each day. While sin will still exist in our lives at times, the practical experience of living in obedience with God results in growth that bears much fruit. As I often tell our students, we don’t want to be the same person we are today a week from now, much less a year from now. This type of growth takes initiative in spending time with God each day, and pursuing additional means of growth. I have much to learn as a husband, a father, and apparently as a school administrator. Through reading books and meeting with other Godly husbands, fathers, and school administrators, the process of growth has been a valuable, though inconsistent component of my life.
The school’s mission of discipleship describes what takes place operationally each day of the school year. After much growth, I am excited to describe the school’s vision in terms of our dream of how the world could be changed as a result of that mission. The vision of Crosshill is a world of graduates eager and passionate to fulfill both the First Commission (Genesis 1:26-28) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). A world of graduates engaging in cultures for the redemption of souls and the redemption of entire societies to the glory of God.
The interesting thing about growth is that the more your grow, the more you realize you don’t know. I am going to take that to heart at this week’s conference!
– Adam Kronberger / Superintendent