by Adam Kronberger / Superintendent
Each fall, off-campus retreats in both the middle school and the high school lay a strong foundation for the school year. Unity in the school community is developed through friendships, and a framework for active discipleship is established. Three years ago, a group of freshmen boys stayed awake in their cabin until the wee hours of the morning. With the guidance of a CCS teacher, the boys discussed a variety of challenges common to young men. Many of the students chose to be vulnerable and were rewarded with encouragement and wisdom found when one embraces Christian community. The fellowship was so valuable to the group of boys that they committed to not succumb to the typical retreat “mountain top experience” that slowly fades after returning home. They were committed to live their lives back at school on a new plateau, knowing that meeting together regularly was the anchor they needed.
As a result, “Fight Club” was born as the boys met weekly. The young men chose to call themselves the “Fight Club” because they want to engage in the struggle to discipline themselves to be more like Jesus Christ. In a sense, they wish to “fight the good fight of the faith” spoken of by Paul in I Timothy 6:12. One of the goals this group of young men have set for themselves this year is to demonstrate their support and care for the high school girls at Crosshill Christian. They want to practice living their life as gentlemen in a way that pleases God. The method they chose to communicate this support was through preparing a special breakfast for all of the high school girls in the school the morning of December 14th. Their act of service was intended to communicate their love and respect for the high school girls. It was their desire to honor them by preparing an early morning breakfast. They wanted to show the intentions of their hearts by taking the physical step of action in this very right direction.
This year’s annual “Spirit Week” was filled with dress-up days, varsity basketball competitions, and a High school Homecoming Square Dance. United in red, white, and blue, Crosshill students stood together this week in support of being members of the same community. And while school spirit for the institution of Crosshill Christian carries some value, the spirit of walking as a disciple of Jesus Christ in love to one another carries greater value. The Salem community may easily recognize the growth of Crosshill Christian School through its accomplishments. But of even more value, is the growth in the hearts of students as disciples of Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that the Salem community and communities around the world will not only recognize this growth, but be benefactors of the fruit of disciples making disciples.
– Adam Kronberger / Superintendent