Dear Moms and Dads of Warriorville:
100% grace, 100% truth.
The gospel of John makes it clear. Jesus is, at the same time, 100% grace and 100% truth.
“We have seen his glory … full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
“Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1: 17)
This we believe. More than anything.
The volume and velocity of change that our children and families are experiencing are unprecedented. What we need, now more than ever, is 100% truth and 100% grace. We need the anchor of truth and, at the same time, we need to live it, experience it and speak it graciously. Deep down, I suspect, that is a major driver for your partnership in Warriorville. You want your children and your family to have an anchor (truth). You want your children and family to navigate an unpredictable future with grace. You want them to believe.
We’re here to help you be successful in that pursuit.
After months of prayer about this year’s theme, I didn’t land on an easy one. But, I’m convinced it’s what we should explore. As we build out our beautiful campus for a Christ-centered education, we need to build on the bedrock of truth. As we lead your children in the path of truth, we need to do it in ways that are full of grace. This we believe.
Welcome to the 2018-2019 Warrior year.
By now, you’ve received the 2018-19 Back to School Guide. We trust that this advance material coupled with our upcoming orientation and back-to-school gatherings will give you peace.
Speaking of peace, and before I mention your response to our perennial Mission Effectiveness Survey, I sense the need to make two headlines very clear.
Our major capital projects – the new athletic training center, the new Warrior Arena, the land acquisition - are gifts from God and His people. What a blessing that these powerful enhancements are from people who passionately believe in the mission of the school AND who know that we cannot fulfill our mission through tuition alone. Let me state it another way: our building projects are not directly adding to the cost of a Little Rock Christian education. On the contrary, they are adding to the blessing of LRCA in a myriad of ways. A special trumpet of thanks to the anonymous foundation and a cadre of donors who are exceedingly generous in their support of the mission. And, a special shout-out to our Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF), Friends of the Arts and Warrior Club for adding so much heft to our school programs. I’ll get more specific when school resumes.
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything but only God makes it grow,” (I Cor 3:7)
Though, right now, gifts are accenting athletics, we regard academics, arts and athletics to be a total triangle of mutual support. Though over 70% of our families participate in Warrior athletics, we are first and foremost a school. We will always put academics grounded in the truth of Jesus first. In fact, we are praying that the Lord reveal His desire for the north acreage. I am specifically praying that we will be able to construct an 21st century building well-suited for 21st century learning.
Now, a quick word about the 2018 Mission Effectiveness Survey. Over 435 responses were received and scrutinized. I studied the data; the senior leadership team studied the data; the board of trust studied the data. And, we have incorporated many of your inputs into our agile planning for 2018-2021.
Undeniable fact: the relationship between the teacher and the student is the golden key to learning. Over the past few months, divisional leaders and I have invited a slate of new teachers and coaches to join the instructional team. We are over-joyed to introduce them to you below. Then, on Parents’ Night 2018, you will have the opportunity to meet them in person, along with our veteran teachers who are ever-committed to learning and serving you.
One more time: this is the year to stand together on the truth of Jesus in uncertain, confusing times, overflowing with grace and not ashamed to say, “We believe!”
“… in order that [we] may believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that through believing and cleaving and trusting and relying upon Him [we] may have life …” (John 20:31, Amplified)
“All things are possible for them who believe.” (Mark 9:23)
Gary B. Arnold, Ed. D.
Head of School / President
Little Rock Christian Academy