The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein. (Psalm 24:1)
We believe that there is nothing in all creation that is true, good, and beautiful that can be fully understood or appreciated apart from the source of all Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. And with that in mind, we seek to integrate God and His Word into everything we do as much as we can, even as we acknowledge that we can always do better.
We use three strategies for Biblical integration at Covenant:
- Chapel. Students attend a chapel service once per week for the purpose of coming together as a worshippping community. While some chapel times celebrate student accomplishments and school related “community events” (pep rallies or National Honor Society inductions, for example), the typical chapel includes prayer, the singing of “hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs” together, and a message from Scripture. Chapel messages (as in all aspects of Biblical integration at Covenant) seek to focus on those things that bind us together as believers, regardless of denominational affiliation, and seek to encourage a growing relationship with Jesus.
- Bible Program. Bible instruction is part of the regular curriculum for students. In grades Kindergarten through Six, the Bible curriculum is focused on building “Biblical literacy,” taking students through key stories and characters in the Bible to expose them to the story of God’s good creation which has been broken by sin and is being redeemed by Jesus for His glory. In the Seventh and Eighth Grades, students take an Old Testament Survey course and a New Testament Survey course, taking students “a little deeper” in their ability to navigate Scripture on their own. The usual High School course of study moves through classes on Biblical Interpretation (equipping students for personal Bible study), Systematic Theology (using principles of Biblical Interpretation to study what the Bible says about God, Man, Sin, Salvation, and Sanctification), Worldview (laying a ground work for thinking Biblically about all areas of life), and Apologetics (equipping students to deal graciously and confidently with areas of doubt and those objections to faith that normally act as “obstacles” keeping people from Jesus).
- Course Integration. In every subject, we look for ways to point students to God’s hand at work in and through that discipline of study. History is taught as a story that God is telling with real people in real places, highlighting themes like human sin and rebellion, God’s work to redeem people for works of justice, and God’s faithfulness to His promises. ELA instruction seeks to give students a deep understanding of how words and stories have power for influencing us, equipping them to become thoughtful and skilled at using words and to become critical thinkers about the way others use words and stories to influence them. Science is taught as an exploration of God’s creation, and math is taught as working hand-in-hand with science (and other areas of life) as one tool for doing the good works that we were created for in Christ.
From it’s beginning, Covenant was meant to be a ministry of evangelical unity, not promoting a single denomination or theological position, but serving Christian families from all manner of denominations within the boundaries of traditional Christian orthodoxy.
In all three strategies for Biblical integration, we seek to focus on those foundational truths that bind us together as described in our Statement of Faith, which families should read and affirm prior to enrollment. In those areas where good, Bible believing people have historically disagreed (the mode and time of baptism or how predestination works, for example), we seek to equip students to be good Bible students and form strong convictions that they learn to hold graciously. We want students to be able to use good principles of Biblical interpretation to show from Scripture why they believe what they believe, and then be able to disagree with a fellow believer in a way that maintains Christian love and fellowship.