Pursuing a Life of Growth in Christ – What it Means to be Christ-Centered

A Message from Bobby Kirchner, BVCS Superintendent, 

I’m so grateful that we have a full time campus pastor this year devoted to our junior and senior high students. I want you to be informed about all things on our campus, and so I am excited for you to read this update from Scott Elliott, our  campus pastor.

It really is an amazing privilege to be a Christ-centered school! I wanted to take some time and just tell you about some of the great things happening around our campus.

At every grade level we have been walking through the book of Mark in our chapels and looking in detail at the person and work of Jesus Christ. I’m so thankful for all of the incredible pastors and guest speakers that we’ve had open up the scriptures and teach. As we draw closer to God, He draws closer to us. Our times of worship and teaching are an essential part of that process for us. A few high school students recently had an opportunity to share their testimony in chapel and talk about the difference that Jesus has made in their lives.

This year our Junior High and Senior High students have been starting off each day with ten minutes in scripture. Many have shared how important this time is for them. This time is helping to develop a rhythm that we hope our students will continue outside of school and into their daily lives. The next time you’re with your child, ask them what they’re reading and how God is using his Word in their life.

We have an incredible Bible department at the upper grades! If you sat in on all of our classes recently you would have heard a wide variety of topics all in the same day: how joking about sin should never be taken lightly, how the Apostle Paul addressed false doctrines in the early church, what scripture teaches about the environment and creation, what it means that God is for us, how a movie parallels the story of Job, how the disciples each contributed something different to Jesus’ ministry, how God worked in the life of Moses, and how we should manage our finances. And that’s just one day in our eight different Bible classes!

On the elementary campus there is a designated time each day for study of God’s word, and the truth of the Bible is integrated through all subjects. Hiding God’s word in our hearts takes place through weekly memory verses. The preschool students have been working on learning Psalm 23. It is such a blessing to hear a 4 year old recite the whole psalm!

Recently at the high school and junior high we had all of the Big Valley Grace local and global Reach partners come and share with our students. It was incredible to hear so many amazing stories about what God is doing in our community and around the world. We have quite a few students pursuing a career in the mission field and this was a great opportunity for them to be equipped! One group of students who are passionate about missions is the World Impact class. They are currently in the process of raising support for their trip to the Dominican Republic. To read about the kids and how you can support them check out their website: www.bvcsworldimpact.com

Students at every level at BVCS do their part to support Blessings in a Backpack. Students take turns packing 950 bags of food each week that will go home with students in our community that may not have much else to eat over the weekend. The students also bring their chapel offerings that help support the Blessings in a Backpack ministry.

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Here at Big Valley Christian School we are doing our best to live out this scripture. Our staff cares deeply for your children and we are helping them to pursue a life of growth in Christ. Thanks for your partnership with us!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Scott Elliott
Junior High/Senior High Campus Pastor