May 31, 2017
I have to be honest...this week is kind of a sad one for me. Why you might ask? Because our halls are empty, there are no sounds of laughter ringing down the hallway, no students to give high fives while visiting in the lunchroom, no teachers to fellowship with and no parents around to talk about our unique partnership in Christian education. I didn’t know when I started in private, Christian education nearly two decades ago that I would develop a bit of a disdain for summertime. However, I realize it’s necessary. Every kid, teacher and parent needs a break. In reality, I do too!
As we head into our respective summertime adventures, I couldn’t let the opportunity pass by without telling each of you THANK YOU one more time. This has been a fantastic first year for me personally and professionally. I hope you’ve had a similar experience. As we move into the future, I pray God gives us many more of these years.
Someone asked me the other day about our future, specifically what my vision was for Conway Christian’s forthcoming enrollment numbers. I told them I have no idea and really don’t care. They were a bit shocked by my response until I clarified my statement. I told them it’s about quality and not quantity. If we, the Conway Christian community, strive daily to be the best Christian and collegiate school we can be, God will take care of the details. Amen?
To chase quality, I believe in annually re-engaging students, teachers and parents around a common theme. This year we focused on “For Such a Time as This” to celebrate 25 years of Conway Christian and to begin our fresh commitment to pursuing excellence. I am satisfied that we completed both tasks successfully. As we prepare for next year (which we have been doing for the past several months) we look toward a new charge and new driving force for our pursuit.
Next year’s theme will be “Together we Grow” with the words of God’s truth found in Philippians 2:1-5 as our driving force. It’s in those words we are challenged to “make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves, do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.” There is so much offered in those verses but, our focus will be on community togetherness and individually growing to be more like Christ. I am convinced (because I’ve seen it happen in other schools across the country) that if we focus on these two objectives the future is limitless for our school...God’s school.
We’ll talk more come August! Have a great summer and please keep next school year in your prayers.
If you need anything during June and July, we’ll be around. The offices will be open Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for your convenience.
Godspeed my Friends,
Jason L. Carson