Community - Integrity - Growth
If you have been around ICSB for any amount of time, these three words should be very familiar.
These are the Core Values of ICSB and they are an important part of the school culture. They, along with other Foundational Statements, provide the school with a rationale and focus in fulfilling the mission that God has given us.
One of the ways that I am privileged to be part of this mission is through the chapel program. It still amazes me that the Lord allows me to do what I love in trying to impact the lives of young people for His kingdom.
Each year, we spend time thinking about what God has been doing, what it seems we need for future spiritual growth, and how we can foster this growth in the lives of our students. The administration and I sit and discuss thoughts and ideas and goals in order to have a theme for each year, and for each chapel division.
This year, the Upper School is planning to highlight various examples of men and women that have claimed the name of Christ in such a way that there is no doubt about where they stand. We want to highlight them as awesome examples for us to look up. These are people who stood for the Lord and are worthy of imitation.
Imitate me as I imitate Christ I Corinthians 11:1
We are also trying to make the virtue of humility to be a centerpiece of what these great heroes of the faith practiced.
In recent years, the Middle Grades have been diligent to work through the various spiritual life statements. Specifically, the Expected Students Outcomes. We will add to this theme and bring the Lower Grades in line so that the entire Lower School will be focusing on the idea of Spiritual Transformation.
ICSB has defined spiritual transformation as,
a Holy Spirit empowered process through which an individual actively becomes more like Christ in the context of an intentional, grace-filled, and truth-speaking community. This transformation is a work of the Spirit and requires personal engagement. It is an internal process, where the mind and heart are shaped to think and love like Christ, resulting in an outward life which points others to God.
Everything that we talk about in the Lower School chapel will be focused on the students learning how to live out their faith so that others will be drawn to Christ.
I love it that the Lower School staff and students take time in the middle of the week to pause. Not an empty pause, but an intentional carving out of margin in the midst of our busy lives to refocus our minds, bodies, and wills on Christ as a community. I am excited to see how the Spirit transforms the lives of our community this year as we learn how to live our faith. Mr. Kelley, Lower School Principal
I am also excited to see what the Lord has planned for our students and school community through our chapel program. We would be honored if you would pray specifically for open hearts and minds, and for clear and practical messages all year long.
Dr. Dan - ICSB Chaplain