To proclaim the truth of the Gospel of Christ in the context of relationship, to confront the Church to return to "true truth," and to disciple and encourage people to grow in faith and participate in influencing their culture.
Oaks Christian School (TOCS) is a wonderful ministry of our church. Some have
wondered, however, why Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church continues to support a large and rather
resource-intensive ministry. Although parents have the primary responsibility
of educating their children, the church believes in coming along side and
helping them in this all important discipleship ministry.
the community around us, we have many options for schooling our children. There
are some fine public schools, homeschooling, private schools, and Christian
schools like TOCS. All are viable options, and as a church, we support parents
in whatever choice they believe is right for their family. When we were
rearing our family, Deena and I have had positive and negative experiences in
public schools, homeschooling, and Christian schooling.
do, however, support Christian schooling over public schools for a number of
reasons. (1) Public schools cannot teach Scripture, sound doctrine, and proper
relationships based in Christ; (2) Public schools cannot train our children to
integrate their faith with all areas of life; and (3) Public schools favor
secularism and values that in many instances are contrary to our biblical world
and life view. In contrast, TOCS instills biblical values into our children and
encourages them to follow Christ in all facets of life. This is essential if
our children are to thrive as Christ-followers in a fallen world. Not only do TOCS
teachers pray with and for the students, they give our children a biblical lens
through which to view the world.
my children were in the public school, I had the task of implanting within them
biblical values. But without support from the education system, it was an
uphill battle because my children were being influenced by the world about
them. This world is attractive and luring and desirous of engulfing our
children in the way “they should not
go.” I had to read their textbooks, go over their assignments, and talk to them
about curriculum that was contrary to biblical teaching. Anyone who has their
children in public school knows how hard it is to keep up with the teaching and
“brain-washing” that goes on in our national education system. I admire our
public school parents who take an interest in the education of their children
and become involved with the school system, pouring time and energy to nurture
their children in the midst of a culture that wants to rob them of their
innocence. Yet, many parents do not have the time, energy, or encouragement to
become actively engaged in a system that frowns upon Christian parental involvement.
remember when my wife and I sat across from the regional director of public
schools in Maryland who made it quite clear that “they” knew what was best for
our daughter. At the suggestion of my daughter’s second grade teacher, we had
asked for her to be placed in another school that would challenge her
intellect. She was bored and already reading at high school level. When I heard
the words, “we are the experts who know best,” my antenna went up and the words
of Scripture echoed in my brain that I was responsible for the education of my
children. That revelation led my wife and I to place our daughter and then our
sons into Christian education.
parents have the primary obligation for raising children, I believe that
nurturing children is also a responsibility of the entire covenant community,
not just those who have children, but all of us. We affirm this thought whenever
we baptize a covenant child. Having a Christian school like TOCS is one of the
ways we fulfill our vows at baptism. As a church, we want to come along side
parents and help them equip their children to think biblically, not just about
theology, but also about literature, history, science, and the entire
curriculum. This occurs at our Christian school to which the entire congregation
supports through their tithes and offerings.
you are a parent and realize that you would like assistance in training your
children in a biblical view of all of life, then we encourage you to check out TOCS.
Although attending TOCS requires a financial investment, it is an investment
well worth the mind and soul of our children. There is, however, financial
assistance available to those who have need. So, I encourage you to talk to Cathy
Jones, our school administrator, and learn why Christian education may be a good
option for your family. May God bless all your decisions as you rear your
children in the nurture and admonition of our Lord and Savior (Eph. 6:4)!
Proclaiming the truth of the Gospel of Christ in the context of relationship, to confront the Church to return to "truetruth,"andtodiscipleandencouragepeopletogrowinfaithandparticipateininfluencingtheirculture.