Thursday, June 3, 2010

Separation of Church and School

Education (part 30)

Many Christian schools do not recognize the profound difference between a Christian school and a Christian church. The Christian school (as an institution) does not exist in order to conduct worship services or act as a mission agency, etc. The Christian school is not a church or parachurch organization. While the church should help her families where she can (e.g., instruction, encouragement, charity, etc.), education is still a parental responsibility and not the church's. The state and the church play important roles in God's economy, but the education of children belongs first and foremost to parents. The school serves in loco parentis―as an agent of the parents.

1 comment:

  1. Pastor Booth,

    Thanks for the post. I am back-reading these posts so forgive me if you covered this in another way already.

    I do see that it is the job of the church to teach the children of the church, even if the parents are not doing it. I agree that the parents must teach their children. That is clear enough and ought never to be neglected by sending them off to school. I don't know that all church teaching is in loco-parentis, but all school teaching is in loco-parentis unless that school is part of the churches ministry. Which brings us to the question: Should a church run a school? I think there are great benefits to the system and some serious drawbacks. We have tried to be parochial in spirit, while independant (not without aid of the church)in structure and finances.