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The People Called To Offer This Education

 

Our teachers see themselves as pilgrims in the same journey of discipleship in which we encourage our students. The Denver Christian faculty, staff, and administrators strive to embody the same inspired, equipped, and engaged qualities that we nurture in our students. It is in our work as educators we work out our own calling to bring Christ’s transforming power and love to a broken world. Indeed, the core values that characterize Denver Christian reflect our conviction that everything we do as representatives of the school not only fulfills our duty to act as Christ’s hands and feet in this world, but that the work itself is one of the vehicles through which the Holy Spirit is sanctifying our ever-broken, ever-being-reformed hearts.

As a community of staff members, parents, and friends which strives to provide the education described above, we are committed to the following core values.

  • authenticity and transparency – We understand that as part of a broken world, Denver Christian School is a flawed organization, made up of fallen human beings. Despite this reality, we nevertheless strive to participate in regular, open, and honest dialogue about organizational activities, initiatives, priorities and decisions, always aware of the ways in which brokenness pervades every human interaction. We invite and trust the Holy Spirit to chastise, inspire, and redeem our efforts even as He chastises, inspires, and redeems our hearts.
  • diversity – We understand ourselves to be engaged in Christ’s work on earth, which is not limited by race or class, but rather abolishes such distinctions in the face of God’s inclusive love. Thus, we desire to serve a constituency that reflects the family of God—that is, Christian families from a wide range of economic, educational, and ethnic backgrounds—and to educate effectively students with a wide range of academic abilities, interests, passions, and needs.
  • consummate professionalism – We understand striving for professional excellence as a spiritual duty. Our confidence in the ongoing work of grace in our own lives and those of our colleagues allows us to call ourselves and one another to the highest possible standards of behavior—that is, to Christian behavior, professional competence, meaningful collaboration, appropriate communication, and consistent growth and improvement—both in and outside of the workplace.
  • fellowship – As a community of believers, we are more than professional colleagues—we are brothers and sisters in Christ, united in our shared work as members of His body. As such, we acknowledge and pray that the Holy Spirit may use us as instruments of sanctification in one another’s lives. We commit to engaging honestly and vulnerably with one another, affirming and celebrating together God’s faithfulness, encouraging one another in the journey of discipleship, and graciously accepting correction from others.
  • mentorship – As Christian educators, we owe our students more than an excellent academic education, which may be gained at a secular institution.  We deliberately involve our students in meaningful dialogue about important issues in their lives and we actively cultivate relationships of spiritual mentorship. Moreover, each of us strives daily to develop the emotional intuition, the spiritual acuity, and the personal openness to be effective instruments of the Holy Spirit’s work in our students’ lives. Indeed, we affirm this as one of the principal benefits of a Denver Christian education—that in every interaction with our students, we watch for ‘teaching moments,’ not only in the intellectual sense but in the spiritual sense as well, praying to be a vehicle for the gentle, diversified, persistent guidance that Christ extends to His children.
  • grace and restoration – As individuals saved by grace and being sanctified by the Holy Spirit, we work together with students and families to build and sustain a community of grace.  We acknowledges the realities of sin and pain, but also affirm and celebrate the redemption and restoration made possible in Christ. Thus, the goal of student discipline is to help the child understand his/her/the world’s brokenness, experience God’s gracious love and forgiveness, and commit to accepting and offering the gift of restoration. Our own awareness of this grace, and our gratitude for the restorative work of the Holy Spirit in our own hearts informs all of our human interactions, including those involving disagreement, conflict, correction, or discipline, whether interacting with students, families, or one another as employees of Denver Christian School.
  • transformative work that is ever being transformed – Since we are committed to help transform the world through education, even addressing the broken state of education itself, our own teaching is a primary and site of transformation. But it is also the case that everything that we do in faculty meetings, in the boardroom, and in collegial interaction is focused on transforming the very way in which we live out our calling to educate. Thus, our investment of time, care, effort, expertise, and passion in the day-to-day work of education is supported and made even more valuable by our investment of time, care, effort, expertise, and passion into individual and corporate planning, assessment, reflection, discussion, and revision, all focused on addressing honestly, joyfully, and productively the many challenges and opportunities that attend pre-K – 12th grade education.