STATEMENT OF DOCTRINE/ESSENTIAL BELIEFS
The doctrine of this association shall be that Biblical system as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Although allowing for minor differences within this system, the following nine points are irreducible essentials to which the principal, every teacher, association member and school board member must subscribe without equivocation.
It is the essential doctrine of the Word of God and our Westminster standards that:
1. The Holy Spirit did so inspire, guide and move the writers of the Holy Scriptures as to keep the original writings free from all error, that the existing manuscripts and translations, excepting radically liberal versions, are so free from later corruptions as to be properly regarded as the supreme and final authority in faith and life. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21
2. There is one God existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-equal and co-eternal. Deut. 6:4; I John 5:7; Matt. 3:16-17; John 1:14, 18; John 15:26
3. Man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also that spiritual death which is separation from God: and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word and deed. Gen. 1:27; Gen. 2:17; Romans 5:12,15-19
4. Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man. Luke 1:27,31,35
5. The Lord Jesus died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as our substitute to satisfy divine justice, and that all who believe on Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. Rom. 5:19; Heb. 9:14,16; 10:14; Eph. 5:2; Rom. 3:25,26
6. On the third day after His crucifixion, our Lord Jesus Christ rose again from the dead with the same body in which He suffered with which he also ascended into heaven and there sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for the saints. I Cor. 15:3-5; John 20:25,27; Mar 16:19; Rom. 8:34
7. The Lord Jesus Christ showed His power and love by working mighty miracles.
8. Our Lord Jesus Christ will in future history return bodily to this world. Rom. 14:9-10; Acts 1:11
9. There shall be a future day of resurrection in which both the redeemed and the damned shall be raised from the dead, the redeemed to enjoy the estate of eternal blessedness and the damned to suffer the eternal torment of retribution. Acts 17:31; II Cor. 5:10; Ecc. 12:14; Rom. 2:16; Matt. 25:31; Rom. 2:5-6; Matt. 25:21
CORE VALUES STATEMENT
Covenant Christian School is committed to the following:
- using the Word of God as the foundation for every aspect of school life (II Timothy 3:16-17) under girding every facet of the educational program with a biblical world and life view to inform and transform our student’s hearts and minds (Phil. 4:9; Romans 12:2)
- striving to be Christ-centered in every situation by displaying the fruit of the Spirit (Col.1:17; Gal. 5:22-23) praying for, trusting in, and obeying God’s direction for our school (Philippians 4:4-8)
- loving and serving God and others, not only in the school and local community, but also throughout the country and the world (Mark 10:45; 12:30-31)
- pursuing excellence for God’s glory in all areas (Phil. 4:8; Titus 3:8)
STATEMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY and OBJECTIVES
Section 1: With the regard to the education of our children, we hold the following to be true:
1. Parents are responsible for the education of their children, to bring them up in the Lord. They, through the agency of a board, employ teachers who give evidence of regeneration and who manifest ability to educate children morally and intellectually in the light of the Bible. Deut. 6:6-9, Eph. 6:4
2. All education should reveal God in His works of creation and providence. Job 12:7-10; Matt. 6:26-32
3. Such consciousness of God in teaching is imperative to the proper intellectual and moral development of children. Psalms 119:130
Section 2: The objectives (Beliefs) of the school=s educational program are:
1. The Bible is the foundation for the proper understanding of all academic disciplines. Col. 1:19
2. Growth in the Christian life depends upon fellowship with God, Bible study, prayer and service.2 Peter 1:10
3. Students need to learn their present civic responsibility and prepare for adult citizenship with the understanding that government is ordained by God. Romans 13:1,2,4
4. Students are expected to show courtesy, respect, manners and a proper attitude toward others. Eph. 4:32
5. The commitment to continuous improvement of our mission statement is imperative if our school is going to enable students to become confident, self-directed, lifelong learners, and contributors to society.
6. Challenging academic and personal expectations increase individual student performance.
7. Students need to develop critical thinking skills.
8. Students need to apply their learning in meaningful context.
9. Students need to, not only demonstrate their understanding of essential knowledge and skills, but also need to be actively involved in solving problems and producing quality work.
10. Students learn in different ways and should be provided with a variety of instructional approaches to support their learning.
11. Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, spiritual, social, emotional, and intellectual needs. Genesis 1:27
12. A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.
HEADMASTER JOB DESCRIPTION
Covenant Christian School serves K-3-12th grade. The Covenant family comes from more than 60 churches throughout the Muscle Shoals area in Alabama. It exists to sow truth and light into the lives of its students and prepare them for life. Covenant was founded in 1985 to reinforce the teaching of Christian parents and churches in leading their children to know God and evaluate all knowledge and life by God's truth.
The mission of Covenant Christian School is to provide an environment of Christian academic excellence that will enable our students to develop a Biblical world and life view. The Headmaster provides the leadership to see that this is accomplished. S/he acts as the principal administrative officer of the school and drives the daily operations of all aspects of the school as delegated by the Board of Directors. The Headmaster is to carry out these duties in accordance with the policies and philosophy adopted by the Board.
As with all Covenant employees, the Headmaster must be a Christian and fully embrace Covenant Christian School’s Statement of Doctrinal Beliefs; its Core Values; and, Statement of Educational Philosophy and Objectives. S/he must also have a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ and demonstrate a leadership that gives Christ preeminence in all things.
Interested parties should submit:
1. A cover letter expressing interest in the Headmaster position at Covenant Christian School
2. A current resume
3. Statement of Christian educational philosophy and practice
4. List four references with name, phone number, an email address of each.
Search Committee Chairman
709 N. Montgomery Avenue
Sheffield, AL 35660
Master’s Degree in School Administration or Leadership
Several years experience as a classroom teacher
Demonstrated history of effectiveness in leadership in a Christian or public school
Skills and Qualities:
Has a servant leadership management style.
Maintains high standards of excellence in all work and takes responsibility for positive outcomes.
Possesses strong and compelling written and verbal communication skills. Has a gracious way with others while also energizing and inspiring staff and community to positive ends.
Possesses strong administrative and organizational skills and demonstrates a facility with managing multiple tasks and parties through effective use of time and resources.
Overview of Responsibilities:
Serves as the spiritual leader of the faculty, staff, and student body.
Sets a standard of excellence for all aspects of the school’s program.
Actively manages Covenant’s educational program, operating facility, administrative staff and duties.
Oversees day-to-day operations, while mitigating any conflict within the school community.
Ensures the safety and security of all students, staff, visitors and property.
Works collaboratively with the Board of Directors and its committees.
As an ex officio member of the Board, s/he keeps the Board fully informed at the monthly meetings on all the aspects of the operation of the school and, provides pertinent information and alternative courses of action to enable the Board to make informed decisions.
With the Board, refines long term strategic plans.
Along with the Finance Director, supervises the preparation and administration of an annual budget for consideration by the Board of Directors.
Executes the decisions of the Board concerning the operation of the school.
Responsible for attracting, recruiting, motivating and supporting an outstanding faculty and support staff.
Communicates the Christian philosophy of education, mission and vision to the employees, students and community.
Articulates and helps enforce school wide student behavioral expectations. Responsible for student disciplinary decisions.
Collaborates with the elementary principal during the accreditation process to ensure the school’s professional standing.
Supports Admissions Committee by meeting with and interviewing prospective students and parents.
Conducts informal and formal evaluations of the faculty and staff; meets with the faculty and staff individually to share evaluation and charts course for continued professional development at least once annually.
Designs professional development at the beginning of each semester.
Supervises the administrative team to maintain a harmonious atmosphere for teachers, students, and parents.
Evaluates strengths and weaknesses of current curriculum and program with appropriate faculty; provides leadership and support for the development and implementation of new curricular components and programs as necessary.
Provides a sounding board for parents to voice ideas, questions and concerns about CCS through both an “open door” policy and scheduled appointments. Seeks to resolve any conflicts that arise between parents, parent/teachers, parent/students
Supervises maintenance and enhancement of the buildings, grounds, equipment and facilities of the school.