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A Body Life Community— The Educator’s Responsibility Derek J. Keenan, EdD ACSI Vice President for Academic Affairs
What are the aspects of campus and classroom culture that you would want students to experience? How would you ensure that those things would be experienced on the campus or in the classroom? How do teachers and administrators cultivate a biblical spirit of community ?
“Communities are collections of individuals who are bonded together by natural will and who are together bound to a set of shared ideas and ideals.” –Thomas Sergiovanni (1996, p.48)
Loving persons and loving organizations are: Patient Kind Protective Trusting Hopeful Forbearing Loving persons and loving organizations do not: Envy others Boast of accomplishments Exhibit pride Act rudely Get angry Enjoy evil Hold a grudge
Biblical model of a loving community
Goal of biblical community is to exist as a setting in which all members experience being loved unconditionally, so that they are accepted, fit in, and are secure enough that they grow in their love of God, while graciously cooperating with others.
1.Kindness-The joy of meeting someone else’s needs before your own simply for the sake of relationship. Small kindnesses-big impact 2.Patience-Accepting the imperfections of others. Attitudinal mindset—habitualizing opportunity
3.Forgiveness-Using honesty, compassion, and self-awareness to reconcile with someone who has hurt you or your organization. Practiced peacemaking in relationships—loving the offender 4.Courtesy-Treating everyone as a colleague and friend. Friendly minded—everyone is worthy of friendship
5.Humility-A peacefulness of heart that allows you to stand aside in order to affirm the value of someone else. Sacrificial friendship—exchanging self-value for relational value 6.Generosity-Giving your attention, time, abilities, money, and compassion freely to others. Energizing acts of love—living the giver’s life
7.Honesty-Living out truthful transparency. Growing trust and respect—genuineness and authenticity framed in love (Gary Chapman, Love as a Way of Life, 2008)
“It is a community that is grateful, mission- driven, inviting, accepting, and loving.” –Bruce Hekman (Drexler, Schools as Communities, 2007)
Unity test—How much oneness? Humility test—How much unconditional regard? Functioning test—How much role honor? Joy or suffering test—How much empathy?
If Christian schools are serious about instilling in students a deep and vital love for God and for others, those will be most easily cultivated in an atmosphere where genuine faith abounds, where a hopeful spirit permeates, and where love is pervasive!