As I prepare to watch 53 students walk across the stage at this year’s commencement ceremony and graduate from PCA, I can’t help but think of the wonderful time I’ve spent with them and their families. Some of the graduates have been at PCA for their entire school career – 14 years. I find myself pausing to realize the sacrifices their parents have made to give their children a Christian education.

Like you, I consider it a privilege to be a steward of children’s lives for the time we have them. The Bible tells us that children are a reward from God (Psalms 127:3) and by starting them off on the way they should go, even when they are old they will not turn from it (Proverbs 22:6). Teaching children about God’s word will make them wiser, and in turn, better citizens, employees and parents in the future.

With two grandchildren attending PCA, I see firsthand every day the difference a Christian education makes. As 2 Timothy 3:15 states “together we work to thoroughly equip our children to do good work.” We prepare them to live successfully by discovering their unique qualities and gifts. We also work diligently to prepare them to be a light for Christ in a fallen world with secular values that do not always honor God (1 Peter 3:15).  

The Bible teaches that bringing up children to know, love, and obey God pleases Him greatly and allows them to live in His grace. By helping our children understand sin and their need for a Savior, a transformation begins. Together we help our children understand that we are all fallen people and forgiveness is a necessary part of Christianity. What an amazing opportunity we have to include this foundational teaching in the academic and physical education of children.  

As Dr. James Dobson has said, “there is nothing more important to Christian parents that the salvation of their children.” Thank you for another successful year! I wish you all a fun, safe summer and look forward to welcoming you back in the 2018-19 school year. 

My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Thank you for reading!

Ron Mitchell, Ed.D.

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