All organizations go through seasons. Christian schools do too. In no particular order, these are a few of the possible seasons that organizations encounter:
- Sauntering: characterized by searching, exploring, and soul-seeking. Ideas are being discussed, the ground is being tested, and the organization is ready to begin some work towards a vision or a goal.
- Building: This is the time when organizations are taking the ideas that they’ve been discussing and putting legs to them. It is a time characterized by hard work, connecting ideas, and developing new ways forward.
- Momentum: Momentum is a little bit different than building because it is the point when seeds that are being or have been sowed are being watered, are beginning to take root, and are sprouting into the fullness that they one day will be.
- Acceleration: Acceleration is the real fun of being in organizations and it is when the ideas that have been explored and given legs are fully grown and are reproducing themselves. We see growth and new life.
- Crisis: Crisis can happen at any point along the way. These are the moments that define the next stage of an organization, and they also happen to all organizations. Bill Hybels, of Willow Creek fame, once said that conflict is an opportunity to strengthen relationships. Joseph Grenny adds to this by saying that the best way to avoid conflict is to live a meaningless life. The point here is that we ought to look at conflict as an inevitable by-product of passion and that we ought also to find ways to use crisis and conflict as a means to make our organizations better.
- Recovery: Recovery is the path that is cleared when we do crisis well. It involved forgiveness, healing, and the development of new and beautiful ways forward.
We are always at one of these stages at Knox Christian School. Where have we been? Where are we now? Where will we go next. Each of us holds an important and God-given role in this organization and we are called to take it seriously. Knox exists because of faithfulness – God’s, and ours to His call in our lives.
Ephesians 1:22 says that “God placed all things under his (Jesus) feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church”. Properly understood, Jesus runs Knox. I don’t mean to be flippant. What I mean to say is that our proper perspective for understanding why we do what we do as the Bowmanville District Christian School Society is to honour Jesus in each area of life, including education. With this perspective we are able to find peace in conflict, able to remember our past with celebration, and able to explore new ways forward in anticipation of what God is going to do next.