Philosophy of Christian Education
Trinity Christian School has existed as a ministry of Trinity Baptist Church since 1984. TCS seeks to support and further the church’s mission “to glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus Christ.”
Trinity Christian School affirms that God is our ultimate authority in life as He created man in His own image (Gen. 1:26-27) and can thus rightfully lay claim over His creation. His Word is the foundation of all knowledge and wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10) and is the source of everything that we need for life and godliness (II Pet. 1:3).
Trinity Christian School believes that all children are owned by God (Ps. 24:1; Ps. 127:3; Eze. 18:4; Rom. 14:8) and that God should have first priority in their lives. Because all men are naturally sinful (Ps. 51:5; Pro. 22:15; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 5:12,19), we recognize that our students are in need of a Savior to restore them to the fellowship with God that was broken at the time of the fall (Gen. 3). Accordingly, we seek to share the truth of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the only source of salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; I Cor. 15:3-4; Tit. 3:5), as well as the source of grace and strength to live in holiness in conforming to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29; 12:1-2; Eph. 4:13).
As the pillar and ground of the truth, Trinity Baptist Church (and by extension TCS) seeks to preserve and pass on God’s truth (John 17:17) to the next generation by teaching the Word and the works of God (Ps. 78:1-8). As followers of Jesus Christ, we seek to make disciples in His image for His glory who are involved in His mission (Matt. 28:19-20; Eph. 2:10; Col. 1:10-15).
Parents have been assigned with the training of their children (Deut. 6:3-6; Pro. 22:6; Eph. 6:4) in a manner that provides their children with a proper view of Biblical principles. This spiritual formation is the primary responsibility of the family and a supplemental responsibility of the church. As a result, the Christian school is a tool of the church that parents can rightfully utilize to complement their commitment to the discipleship of their children. Educationally, this partnership helps combat and confront our culture that is increasingly relativistic, pluralistic, and post-Christian by reinforcing the truth of God’s person, His work, His truth, and His authority. Spiritually, we hope to bring reinforced purity to a Church that is increasingly earthly, ignorant, indifferent and selfish.
Because of these beliefs, Trinity Christian School is a ministry of Trinity Baptist Church designed to train students academically, socially, and spiritually for lifelong service to Christ.
Trinity Christian School accomplishes this goal in three ways that parallel Christ’s development in Luke 2:52. First of all, the administration and staff consider themselves not as replacements but as partners with the parents in the spiritual formation process. The school also chooses disciple-oriented discipline techniques in an attempt to reach the heart of the students instead of simply changing an undesirable behavior. Bible doctrine and principles are faithfully presented, but all subject areas are also taught through the lens of a Biblical worldview so that our students can know how they should live and how they can rightly apply God’s Word to the culture and context in which they find themselves today.
Secondly, Trinity develops its students by challenging them to increase in wisdom by means of a regionally accredited academic program that meets and exceeds the requirements of the state of New Hampshire. TCS employs a combination of Christian textbooks from A Beka Books and BJU Press to support its spiritual emphases and to provide a traditional approach to its classroom instruction. Instructors utilize these books and their own experience, not just merely to promote rote memory, but more importantly to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The Lord has blessed TCS with a beautiful facility that includes large classrooms, most of which are outfitted with projection screens for presentations. A science laboratory provides students with hands-on opportunities to put into practice what they learned during lectures. Trinity Christian School is also able to offer dual enrollment courses.
Lastly, TCS provides its students with opportunities for social development as students learn to use their abilities for the Lord in activities such as athletics, music, choir, hand-bells, and art classes. Girls have the opportunity to compete in volleyball and basketball, while guys can engage in soccer and basketball. All middle school and high school students are able each year to compete in a regional fine arts competition, and high school students may also travel to the American Association of Christian Schools’ National Fine Arts Competition each April. Older students also mentor and disciple younger students in our BIG-little discipleship program. TCS students take Dramatic Speech and Public Speaking courses so that they learn to comfortably and accurately communicate their thoughts orally and in writing.
Teachers who embrace faith in Christ and look to nurture students in that faith teach our students from a distinctively Christian worldview. All aspect of education at TCS incorporate God’s power displayed in creation, man's fallen nature as a result of his sin, Christ’s redemption of fallen man through his death on the cross, and God’s power displayed through the resurrection of his son.
Education is paramount at TCS. Our goal is to teach and to train students academically, socially and spiritually, to the best of our ability that they will enter our culture fully and adequately prepared to make an impact for eternity.