I enjoy trying to help teachers live out their faith as my own career has been in both public and Christian education. My career choices were at times pragmatic, but I often wrestled with whether my calling as an educator was to serve in public or Christian education.
The kinds of service families or classes can do will depend on the needs of people in the area in which you live. Have a family or class meeting to discuss the kinds of service you will do together to help others.
Will these activities always lead to changed hearts in our children and students?
I started college believing I had cultivated the skills necessary for survival as a dorm-resident—good sleeping habits, time management, cleaning routines, flexibility in sharing the bathroom vanity, etc. However, the arrival of second semester uncovered a hurdle for which I was hopelessly unconditioned.
Our primary strategy is the vitalization of local congregations where Christ brings flourishing of human life.
While not wanting to press this distinction too far, the contemporary church needs to learn to keep her eyes on Christ—constantly. For there, in heaven with him, is our true hope and joy.
Our goal would be realized by the Reformed Church in America becoming a thriving, missional, multi-cultural denomination. Evidence of this fruit would be witnessed through sacrificial service, authentic relationships, spiritual transformation.