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Apprenticeship vs. Traditional College

Rev. Aaron Slack

Lost in Space
When you were a kid, did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up? I thought that I did. It changed from time-to-time but mostly centered around something in the fields of science and engineering. By the time I was about twelve through my teen years, I was determined to become an aerospace engineer. I wanted to fly space probes. To my teenage self, this was the most exciting and reward occupation I could think of. It turns out I was suffering from a great failure of imagination.
Fortunately, God had better things in mind. I was set in my plans, and those plans were going to involve…

Does Success Have To Start With Being A College Drop-Out?

Rev. Aaron Slack

The American youth has a particularly nasty handicap to overcome: he has been told his entire life that “you can be whatever you want to be when you grown up.” In the words of Napoleon Hill, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve.”
Lessons taught by the real world, as opposed to self-help books, are painful. Generally, our youth have been told the way to achieve their goals and achieve success is to go to college. Each year millions of Americans realize that no matter how much they believe their college dreams will come true, impacting reality says otherwise. These are our college dropouts. Although they might believe it at the time, dropping out of college is not the worst thing that can happen. In fact, it may be the only way for them to become successful. People like Steve Jobs discovered this…

A Family Calling

Rev. Aaron Slack

Anyone can find a job. Most people have many jobs as they go through life. A job is good, but what a Christian needs to find is a calling. People flit from workplace to workplace and field to field like a butterfly, working and working at many different things but never really finding their calling.

A calling is essential. To put it simply, a calling is what God has put you on earth to do. It is more than a job, it is a holy endeavor. “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it:” (Psalm 127:1) Work done outside a calling is vain labor! It is a symptom of the watering down of Christianity that we limit the term “calling” to mean full-time Christian ministry. When we do this, we are relinquishing one of the great victories of the Reformation: the doctrine that every legitimate occupation is a holy calling. Most people never discover their calling, or if they do they flee from it…

Homeschooling: A Half Measure

Rev. Jeremy Walker

The Homeschool Movement is DOOMED to FAILURE.

Why is the homeschool movement doomed to failure? Look no further than the limited vision which the homeschool movement as a whole views as their goal and purpose. To be sure, the home school movement has made tremendous leaps and bounds in the last 30 years, which is a wonderful thing. The problem is not with the movement, but rather the limited vision and goal of the movement itself. How is it limited? Why is it doomed to failure? Let’s explore a few things…

Why Preschool?

Rev. Aaron Slack

Grace Community School’s educational ministry, the ministry you will learn to operate as a Grace Community School Apprentice, has a focus: preschool. Why preschool, and not elementary, middle, high school, or college, you might ask? It is a good question.

Preschools are not taken very seriously by the Christian education community. They are pretty much lumped together with Sunday School and VBS – something nice for the church to do with the youngsters. A decent outreach program, but not too important…