At the heart of Christian schools’ missions is ministry to children. Christian educators desire that students thrive and achieve their God-given potential, and become successful in their education as well as in their service to Christ. However, the growing mental health needs of students often pose a challenge to these missional goals. The American Psychological Association (APA 2017) estimates that “one out of every ten children or adolescents has a serious mental health problem, and another 10% have mild to moderate problems.” While data specific to Christian schools is not available, many school leaders and staff have noted an increase in mental health concerns among students. In my own work as a counselor in two different Christian schools, I have seen this increase myself—even just within the past five years.
Culture and Community
I don’t watch a lot of movies, but when I do, I’m rarely impacted beyond being entertained in the moment. Sometimes, though, on rare occasions,...
With 2019 upon us, we once again asked our blog authors to tell us what books they’re reading in the new year along with a short description of why they selected them.
Between the two of us, we’ve spent hundreds of hours at educational conferences throughout our careers. We’ve also had the humbling experience of having to...
Adolescent bullying remains one of the greatest concerns for both existing and potential students and their families in Christian education (Barna 2017). And for good reason. This leading form of child abuse is linked to profound psychological and social problems, including depression, truancy, agoraphobia, lower test scores, school shootings, anxiety, suicide and more.
You and your team are invited to join eight Christian associations at the 2019 Global Christian School Leadership Summit (GCSLS) in San Antonio, Texas, on January 30 through February 1, 2019. The theme for GCSLS 2019 will be Innovate, as participants work together to develop adaptive solutions to the current challenges and opportunities facing Christian education.