To produce passionate, proficient, and productive members of society who love the Lord and fulfill His purposes on earth with exceeding knowledge and understanding.
Christian Ministries Academy (CMA) partners with families in providing a Christ-centered education that challenges the whole child to discover God's truth, to love learning, and to relate knowledge with action. Our goal is to inspire children to embrace and to flourish in their God-given calling as His image-bearers and to go forth as representatives for truth and reconciliation in their community and the world. The staff helps to cultivate the growth of the whole child through academic knowledge, artistic work, and practical skills that help the students grow in independence, godly discipline, and the outward expression of their faith.
Core Values & Approaches
CMA encourages an intrinsic approach vs. an extrinsic approach of education. Through an intrinsic approach, students are freely motivated to develop a love for learning. In the traditional American classroom, students engage in an assignment-work-completion routine, and in doing so, they develop habits towards approaching work and life. Often the motivation is to finish the assignment at hand, get on to the next task, and do what is required to earn a desired grade. When students engage work with this extrinsic approach, they master the assignment-work-completion routine, but do not necessarily learn their assignment. This system leads to questions like, "What do I have to do to get an A?" and "Will this be on the test?". At CMA our goal is to bring students to a position where they converse, think, listen, and respond to learning with excitement and eagerness for more, rather than a task completion.
At CMA, we believe that reverence and respect for the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Prov. 9:10) Our primary concern is the kind of person each student is becoming, not the mastery of particular skills. The knowledge of God, as found in the Bible, is the primary knowledge and the most important focus of our students and staff. Without an understanding and relationship with the Lord, all the knowledge in the world will not lead to fulfillment.
We utilize small class sizes, multi-age lesson times, and required parental involvement to build a close-knit community of students, families, and
school staff who are learning and growing together. "How good and pleasant it is
when God's people live together in unity!"
Children are persons
Our curriculum is founded on the belief that children are persons created in the image of God, not products. Every child is born with a thirst, ability, and will to know. He's not a blank slate for the teacher to write upon, nor an empty sack for the teacher to fill—but rather a person who needs to be loved, informed, instructed, and supported in growth. All education is self-education, but we can put them in the way of knowledge and model for them what good learning and good living looks like.
Hands on Learning
Through enrichment trips, a multi-sensory handwriting curriculum, a manipulative based math curriculum, regular study of nature and science, and use of real or living objects throughout every subject, we encourage
opportunities not for the memorization of dry facts, but for exploration, discovery
and retained knowledge.
We provide a "feast of ideas" and subjects from a wide variety of sources-from poetry to handicrafts to Bible to nature study to math and music. And woven throughout it all, we emphasize the habits of full attention, best effort, and learning for the sake of learning.
Learning for the sake of Learning
We believe that the objective of the students should be to learn, not to win a prize or get an A—which is merely performance with the motive of impressing others. Real learning occurs when the learner wonders, asks why and how, not "will this be on the test?" The students are stimulated to observe, explore and understand. Our objective is to cultivate the students' inherent curiosity about the world around them and to urge them to do their best in every area, and not to shift the focus on competing or "besting" their
classmates.(Galatians 6:4) (Colossians 3:17)