Christ-centred learning

Don’t let the title above intimidate you. Put simply, worldview is the perspective from which we live and work in this world. If we were to use stereotypes, we would assume that a Canadian Worldview accepts as fact that we either cheer for the Toronto Maple Leafs or Montreal Canadiens, that we embrace cold weather, and that it is acceptable practice to be late for a meeting if you still need to pick up a cup of Tim Horton’s coffee. I can already hear many of you disagreeing with me on the points above. A Worldview can be difficult for a group of people to agree upon.

The Christian Worldview of GCCS can best be summarized by the words of Abraham Kuyper who wrote, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’” Based on this statement, we try to show how Christ rules over all subject areas and we as staff are blessed to show and discover with students:

  • The truth of scripture and the path to salvation
  • God’s creative hand in all of creation that includes us being filled with awe in discovering
    • Patterns in numbers
    • Beauty in the plants and animals
    • The laws of physics
    • How God can be honoured through language, music, and other arts
  • How people in history have honoured God in their actions

At the same time, we need to help students see that parts of the world do not want to come under Christ’s rule at this time. To assist this growth in our students we look at the world critically, in an age appropriate way, to show students that:

  • Other religions do not have the answers to life
  • Knowledge of science has been used to harm creation
  • Poverty exists beside riches
  • The gift of communication can be used to tear others down
  • That beautiful things can be made into idols
  • People in history have disobeyed God in their actions

The first list of bullets above is the fun part of learning. During those times we get to engage with our students and give our thanks to God.

Our Christian Worldview, however, forces us also to spend time on the second list of bullets. This list is tougher to engage our students in. However, because of the hope of Christ, we do not despair. Instead we want to build up skills in our students to live resiliently in a world that too often forgets Christ and help them gain the skills needed to help our world see the need for Christ.

Marvin Bierling