Habits Formed Through Christian Education

As Hillcrest graduates another senior class, we celebrate the consistency of the testimonies. Time and again students from the past five years have mentioned their worldview training. While I agree that our worldview training is important for their education, I believe the environment at Hillcrest is as important. 

When students arrive on campus there is a cadence that ensues. Some call it "the Hillcrest experience". It involves dinner, studyhall and curfew for dorm students. Local students join the rhythm with chapel, classroom devotions and lunchtime prayers. These habits instilled at Hillcrest are fundamental to students' education. 

From conception, the human body is developing in a sea of outside influences. As the brain develops, there is an adaption and exploration that begins as the outside world is understood. Students embark on study in school; manners and social norms are reinforced. Students use these foundations to propel their study of how the world is organized and operates. The rhythm is critical to students being able to have security in their world; especially as students look to join the march of society as productive producers. 

When these rhythms are interrupted there are catastrophic consequences. Sometimes students spiral out of control. Many times a teacher can sense this first, noting a change in a student's demeanor or difficulty staying on task. While the interruptions in the rhythm are redeemable, it is imperative for students to receive support from the basic training they have received at home. Hillcrest is known to do this.

Starting from a Biblically-based perspective, students use the habits formed at home to build a perspective of the world from God's standpoint. While many work to rebuild a picture of History, English and other academic disciplines with God due to training received in a public school, Hillcrest works in establishing the fact that all of civilization is built on the Truth of God. As students explore society and understand Science and Mathematics, they come to an uncompromised conclusion that the world is organized and designed. Hillcrest finds that all disciplines point to this grand design coming from the mouth of God, most notably referencing Genesis as a primary launching point.

The video above references habits. At Hillcrest we seek to educate students in God's world, but what sets us apart from other schools is the passion to instill the five habits listed in the video. We desire to challenge students in what they habitually love, what they habitually long for, what they are habitually loyal to, what they habitually labor for and what liturgies or cadences they are habitually marching to. It is our desire to not only witness educated Christian students catipult from our campus, but to see students who are convinced and committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our experience that this conviction is held in place best through Godly habits. Our prayer is that the habits of understanding and living in the world, built through Hillcrest's overall program, would propel the students to live their lives with significance, having been redeemed by Jesus Christ to redeem the world.

Wayne StenderComment