Why have we opened the doors of enrollment at Kleinburg Christian Academy? Is it because we, like many other small Christian schools, are faced with declining enrollment and are grasping for survival at all costs? No, not at all; our doors are opened to the interested public (Christian or non-Christian) because of our understanding/interpretation of the calling of scripture. It is genuine and it is intentional. It’s part of our mission and vision. Let me explain our rationale from a biblical point of view.
The Three “Greats”
As we reflect biblically upon the reason for our existence on planet earth, scripture points us in three compelling directions. We believe that God is calling us as individuals and as a Christian organization to embrace and live out the Great Commandment, the Great Commission, and the “great” cultural or creation mandate.
First, the Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind … and … love your neighbour as yourself” (Matt. 22:37–39). This directs us to a right relationship with God and with other people. Our love of God overflows to others. Our school recognizes the need to reflect this truth by encouraging and nurturing those who are growing up in the church (and those who are growing up in the Christian school) to know God personally and to serve him wholeheartedly.
Second, the Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples … teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19–20a). This is our call to evangelize, to witness, to share God’s love with others with the intent of growing God’s kingdom numerically and in quality of service. Our school seeks to reflect this command by wooing children to the King and nurturing them to share this love with others.
Third, the “great” cultural or creation mandate (emphasis mine): “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1:28). If you unpack the Hebrew word for “subdue,” it gives us a clear picture of our call to change the world for Christ: to embrace the world and all that is in it, to use it, to unfold it, mold it, fashion it, develop and re-develop it, create and re-create it, and to care for and protect it. In other words, this is our call to engage our culture with our time, resources, gifts, and talents in order to bring Christ’s light to the dark areas of this world. We are called to partner with God in restoring this world to its original intent, until Christ returns. It is Christ who will complete this restoration. Our school also needs to reflect this call to be busy in the work of restoration. It is our goal and challenge to embrace all three “great” mandates equally.
Who’s Afraid of Open Enrollment?
So why are we sometimes so afraid of open enrollment?