FAQ

FAQ

 

Why do you only enroll children of Christian parents?

 

We believe that Jesus Christ impacts absolutely every aspect of education, and our mission is to “bolster Christian families” since parents are primary in the education of their children. Rather than working at cross purposes with parents who aren’t seeking a Christ-centered education for their children, we are designed and equipped in all of our teaching and practices to partner with Christian families. As we take on the schooling portion of a child’s education, we do so in a manner that aligns with the values and aim of the broader education that parents are pursuing for their children.

 

In certain rare cases, the school may admit a student based solely on that student’s testimony of Christian faith and desire to attend the school. Historically, this exception has almost never been exercised, but the founders included it in case a student, from a nonbelieving family, came to know the Lord and wanted to attend Whitefield starting in high school to be further educated in the context of the Christian faith. If the student’s parents were supportive of the student’s decision in such a case, supportive of the school educating their child in the context of the Christian faith, and satisfied all other admission requirements, then this rare exception would be permitted.

 

Who was George Whitefield?

 

Whitefield Academy is named after George Whitefield, the great eighteenth-century Christian revivalist. A native of England, Whitefield helped launch the Great Awakening in Britain’s North American colonies. Preaching outdoors to thousands of people at a time, Whitefield reached a wide range of people with the good news of Jesus Christ, sharing the message of God’s grace in such a way that was clear and accessible to all people, regardless of their socioeconomic status or the color of their skin.

 

Like all people that God has used in powerful ways throughout history, and as seen repeatedly throughout Scripture, George Whitefield failed to live up fully to the glorious message that he proclaimed. For reasons that are difficult to understand in light of Whitefield’s work, particularly by modern standards, Whitefield committed the grievous sin of defending slavery. We unequivocally renounce and condemn his position on slavery. This aspect of his legacy is inconsistent with Christ’s teaching and how He calls us to live.

 

The life and ministry of George Whitefield, in both its triumphs and its failures, underscore the importance of Whitefield Academy continuing to pursue a diversity vision for unity in Christ. We believe that each person, uniquely created in the image of God, has inherent dignity and profound worth, and that God has created people with a diversity of cultural, ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. True to the best of George Whitefield’s legacy, the diversity of our school, cultivated in Christ, provides an opportunity for us to experience together what God has always intended for unity in His Son.

 

 

What does Whitefield Academy teach regarding gender and marriage?

 

Whitefield Academy teaches that the Bible is the complete, inspired, and infallible Word of God. In accordance with Scripture, we teach that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). We teach that Christian marriage is limited to a covenant relationship between a man and a woman, and each by such genders as God created them (Gen 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:31). God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other, and God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman (Rom. 1:21-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-20; Heb. 13:4).

 

Further, because all people are created in the image of God, we teach that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture.