It is our goal in our CWC art program to help each student to creatively express themselves as a joyful outflow of their relationship with their God. We strive to do this by helping each student come to have a deeper understanding of the Master Creator through careful observation of His amazing divine design and by helping each student realize his or her full creative potential using their God given talents.
The Bible is the divinely inspired and infallible Word of God, written so that His people might know God and themselves, accept His gift of salvation, and live lives of joyful service, obedience, and commitment to Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives.
The Bible, being God’s inspired Word, is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped to do every good work.” (II Timothy 3:16, 17) Since God has created us to do good works for the praise of His glorious grace (Ephesians 1:6), it is the role of the Christian school to teach the Bible to every child and to teach that Christ must rule over every part of our lives.
Christians involved in business must center their learning and teaching around the belief that Christ is to be honored in everything they do. Honoring and committing their entire lives to Christ involves where, how and the way in which they conduct business. They must learn, teach and practice honesty, fairness, respect and responsibility when it comes to business theory and practices. This duty would include how they keep financial records, make financial and managerial decisions, use resources (not only money, but also time and other resources), day to day interactions with vendors, customers, employees, and employers. These standards should govern not only business interactions in the office, but also their personal lives in the business world. As God has gifted to them everything they own, they are responsible and accountable.
“We hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” (Acts 2:11) When Christ commanded us to be witnesses and to go make disciples of all nations, He knew that would involve communicating in languages other than our own. Indeed, through the medium of language the door is opened not only for declaring the Good News but understanding ourselves and others more fully; forming new relationships; discovering the richness of our own and other languages; and gaining insight into the worldview and culture of those who speak them.
Communication by means of language is a powerful gift given specifically to human beings so we are able to praise our Creator. As Christians, it is our responsibility to use that gift properly and in a way that is pleasing to God. But language, like all of creation, has been horribly tainted by sin and is often misused and abused. That is why it is so important, as teachers of language arts, to educate in the light of God’s Word and teach students to read, write, and speak in a way that honors God. Our prayer should be, as quoted in Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
God’s creation has an inherent orderliness to it and some of that orderliness can be expressed using mathematics. Building skyscrapers, flying airplanes, doing medical research, digging ditches and farming are also part of God’s creation and all require a knowledge of mathematics. Such human endeavors as government, economics and even military defense are also part of it and making wise Christian decisions in all of these areas requires a knowledge and use of mathematics.
In addition, mathematical structure carries within it an intrinsic beauty that deserves to be studied for its own sake.
Psalm 98 says, “Sing to the Lord a new song for He has done marvelous things…Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth; burst into jubilant song with music, make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn. Shout for joy before the Lord, the King.”
The creator God desires that we praise Him and show our gratitude to Him with the gifts of voice and instrument. The music department at CWC instills in the students a desire to and a means by which they are able to worship the Lord using the gifts and talents He has blessed us with.
A student in the CWC music department has the opportunity to develop their God-given talents by striving for excellence in their study of music. They are also exposed to a variety of music styles in which they see the diversity of music in God’s creation. Finally, they are challenged to discriminate the quality and God-honoring aspects of music.
God has created all of us with a need to worship and praise Him. Through the education of music, the students are given a life-long ability to offer that worship and praise to their Lord.
“So God created man in His own image…male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
As the only creatures to be created in God’s image, man has a special and unique relationship to God, to each other, and to the rest of creation. Physical education at Central Wisconsin Christian seeks to educate students physically, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and socially to serve and glorify God.
The body and the entire person is a “temple of the Holy Spirit.” The Christian knows the importance of the body and desires it to be a “living sacrifice” to the Lord. Though the care and use of the body should not be an end to itself, the Christian has a stewardship responsibility in care for oneself. Care for oneself is a part of our service to the Lord. Physical education ought to offer students the opportunity to develop physical gifts, create health fitness goals and decisions, and form a Christian perspective on recreation and work. All of life is service unto our Lord.
Christians who teach (or study) science must begin with the unshakable belief that in the beginning God created the universe. Without Him nothing was made. (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3). It is also important to know that God continues to intimately and immediately support His creation as stated in various verses in Psalm 104:
“He waters the mountains…the earth is satisfied…”
“He makes grass grow for the cattle…”
“The lions…seek their food from God.”
“These all look to you to give them their food.”
Therefore, natural law does not govern the workings of the universe, but instead are statements that describe what the Lord is doing every moment.
Christians have a responsibility to learn about the creation so that they have an increasing appreciation for the greatness of God. Christians also have been given dominion over creation, so a knowledge of creation is an important first step in making informative and wise decisions about how to take care of it.
Social studies are the study of human interactions. Whether it is history, psychology, sociology, or government, these interactions fall under the rule of our Sovereign God (Psalm 71:16, Daniel 4:25). Because of the Fall, human actions are tainted by sin (Proverbs 5:22, Isaiah 53:6). God, through His redeeming work seeks to turn humanity’s conscience back to Him (Acts 17:27, John 6:44, 45).
One can see His hand in the forces that move our societies. We, as believers, are called to reclaim these societies, transforming them for God’s glory. Learning social studies is one way to discover His intentions of us as individuals and to gain skills necessary for transforming society.
Technology is a gift from God, a tool that we utilize in our calling and work in His kingdom and for His glory. We recognize that the use of computers has been tainted with sin. Grateful for the advances in science and technology, we should make careful use of their products and be on guard against evil and harmful research; while using them in ways that answer God’s demands to love our neighbor and to care for the earth and its creatures.
Computers should be viewed and used as one of the many educational tools given by our Creator. Computers are an aide to learning in all subjects and areas of God’s kingdom. Because computers are tools that our Lord has given us, they should not only be approached as an academic discipline, but also integrated appropriately within each subject area. Therefore, technology at Central Wisconsin Christian will be used to enhance the education of our students so that they will be prepared to serve joyfully as independent, life-long learners in a rapidly changing technological society.