I am Excited for Ridgecrest…
and our future. God is working in so many ways. Each week I receive notes, calls and reports of people whose lives are being impacted by the gospel and Jesus Christ through the work that God has entrusted to us here at Ridgecrest.
Thank you for participating in our 30 Days of Prayer. It will culminate with a special prayer gathering this Wednesday in the worship center from 6-7 PM. Please prioritize this time and join us as we gather to seek the Lord in brokenness, to live with urgency, and to walk in boldness. All of this we do prior to Good Friday, Easter and our REIGNITING for His glory.
I am excited to tell you… that our CDC will be adding 1st Grade classes next fall! Hallelujah! I believe it is the next step in investing in children. Currently our CDC is full, and we have people waiting. Matthew 19:13-14 says, “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’”
Six months ago, the Lord began to burden me with this matter of our role in educating “the little ones.” I have been praying since. A couple of months ago I shared with our deacons about the spiritual need in education for our children and received their affirmation to go forward. Subsequently, I appointed a task force to begin studying and putting together a plan for how Ridgecrest could expand our ministries to include, eventually, an elementary Academy of grades 1-5, starting at the first grade and adding an additional grade each year until we arrive at the 5th grade… The task force is made up of some real pros in education. They are Faye Eldridge (Task Force Chairman), Ryan Spry, Chantel Oney, Matthew Johnson, Melanie Miles, and Melanie Wynkoop. They are hard at work already. Please pray for them as they are studying all the details and logistics of the endeavor… curriculum that teaches the Judeo-Christian roots of history, science that teaches creationism, courses in Civics and Government, and Bible courses, etc. They are studying structure, weekly Chapel services, enhancement classes in art and music, as well as things like Codes of Conduct for students, parent manuals, appropriate dress, tuition, costs, classroom environments and teaching ratios. Fortunately, we already have many advantages for the future growth of such an Academy, such as plenty of high-quality classrooms.
Of course, we will continue to affirm and serve as the base for our Ridgecrest Christian Home School Association and of course we will continue to affirm and pray for those who serve in our public educational roles. There are several compelling reasons for us to begin this process. I shared them with our deacons and our task force. Let me give them to you briefly without details.
- Since the beginning of our nation the Christian Church has historically been instrumental in the field of education.
- The current course of national education is becoming increasingly resistant and restrictive to any Christian belief, practice or expressions of Christianity, while including instruction and affirmation of lifestyles that are clearly non-biblical and excluding American Christian history and absolute moral standards.
- The Church has the responsibility to preserve and protect the integrity of God’s truth in the hearts and minds of the little ones.
- Through Christian education the Church has the opportunity to invest God’s truth in the generations to come, and thus make a difference for God.
For these reasons and others, the time is right. I trust that you are as excited as I am and will join in praying for God’s hand to be upon this vital ministry. And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!
For God’s Glory Alone,