The mission of Maryville Christian School is to partner with Christian parents by providing academically excellent, biblically-based education, producing students with distinctive Christian character.
As a result of this statement, we desire to:
- Partner with Christian families;
- Proclaim Christ daily in all we do;
- Provide a quality, Christ-centered education;
- Prepare students to serve Christ as responsible and contributing citizens.
We are dedicated to being a distinctive Christian school that is committed to our Christian identity, committed to academic excellence, and committed to producing students who love Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God and the standard by which all knowledge is judged and taught. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28: 18-20)
We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (I Corinthians 15:3, 1 Peter 2:21-24, John 3:16)
We believe that through Adam all men have inherited a sinful nature and we are all under the wrath of God; we are spiritually dead, and are without hope, except for God’s mercy. (Romans 5:12, Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 6:23)
We believe that all those who are regenerated by God’s Holy Spirit, and who thus repent and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, will receive forgiveness of sins, reconciliation to God, and eternal life. This salvation is received apart from any works. Good works do not assist in our salvation, but rather result from our salvation. (John 3:1-8, Luke 13:1-5, Romans 3:21-30, Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (Galatians 5:22-23)
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; that those who are in Christ are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those who are outside of Christ are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:29, Acts 24:15)
We believe that all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ are united in the Body of Christ (John 17:21-23) and are eternally secure in this relationship. (John 10:28, Romans 8:35-39)
We believe that children and adolescents should be taught in Christian love. (Hebrews 12:6, Revelation 3:19)
We believe that teaching and learning should be accomplished through the cooperative effort of parents and teachers, for the Bible places primary responsibility for the total education of the child on the parents. (Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
MARRIAGE, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STATEMENT
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one's gender by surgery or appearance based on the above truth.
We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in scripture (Gen 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4). We believe God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman, and we do not recognize other marriages or unions as legitimate even if they are recognized by local, state, or national governments (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Maryville Christian School as a Christian organization, it is imperative that all persons affiliated with MCS in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality (Matt. 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines and practices of our agency.
FINAL AUTHORITY IN MATTERS OF BELIEF AND CONDUCT STATEMENT
The school’s Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, is the sole and final source of all that we believe and speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind. For purposes of MCS's faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our school Board, with input from the Head of School, is MCS's final interpretive authority on the Bible's meaning and application.
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE STATEMENT
Since we believe all human life is sacred and created by God in His image, human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Genesis 1:26; Psalms 139).
MARRIAGE POLICY STATEMENT
God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself; therefore, MCS will only recognize marriages between a man and a woman at the chromosomal level. Further, the Board, Head of School, and Staff of MCS shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman at a chromosomal level. Finally, the facilities and property of MCS shall only host weddings between one man and one woman at a chromosomal level.
The leadership, faculty, and staff of Maryville Christian School commit to an approach of education that impacts students’ lives spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. It is expected that graduates of Maryville Christian School will:
- Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that impacts their personal worldview and character.
a. Students will demonstrate an understanding of God’s plan of redemption and be able to explain salvation with God’s Word.
b. Students will investigate other belief systems and defend the Christian faith with Scripture and other evidences.
c. Students will exhibit integrity and high moral character in their decisions and interactions with others.
d. Students will demonstrate a command of biblical literacy and develop the needed skills for a lifetime of personal Bible study.
e. Students will respond to the Great Commission locally and globally in a culturally sensitive manner.
f. Students will regularly attend and participate in a church community, serving God and others.
- Be well-prepared in all academic disciplines and possess the academic skills to be successful at the next level.
a. Students will develop a Christian worldview through exposure to a Biblically integrated curriculum.
b. Students will apply skills in reasoning, academic investigation, creative thinking, and critical thinking skills in a variety of situations.
c. Students will establish themselves as life-long learners.
d. Students will apply a comprehensive command of the fundamental processes used in communicating with others (speaking, listening, writing, and reading).
e. Students will interpret human history and current events in light of Scripture and an understanding of God’s plan for mankind.
f. Students will engage technology and employ it appropriately, preparing them to function and contribute in a technologically advanced society.
g. Students will identify and discuss artistic expression through fine arts and apply this in expressing themselves more creatively.
h. Students will participate in open and honest exchanges of ideas.
- Honor God’s design for personal relationships, interactions, and citizenship.
a. Students will review and practice accountability to God and established authorities.
b. Students will develop and demonstrate concern for others.
c. Students will express respect for the property of others.
d. Students will investigate and review cultures of other people groups, rejecting prejudice and promoting interethnic harmony.
- Demonstrate good stewardship of the abilities and resources entrusted to them by God.
a. Students will improve their coordination, muscle tone, and endurance.
b. Students will employ personal care of their body as a temple of the Holy Spirit, avoiding activities and substances that are harmful to the body, mind, or spirit.
c. Students will practice responsible stewardship of God’s creation.
d. Students will investigate management of finances, time, and other resources, and apply those skills personally.