CSM 7 Principles

The Christian School: The CSM Child Principle

As the Christian school strives to implement the Child Principle, it recognizes that all 3 of the Synoptic gospels tell adults to stop getting in the child’s way. The Child Principle, as defined by Christian School Management (CSM).

Christian Governance: The Cord Principle

The Board establishes the mission, hires the Head of School, plans for the future, and provides the resources (money and facilities) needed for that plan to succeed. The Administration, led by the Head, determines the vision, carries out the Board’s plan, and supports the faculty to success.

The Christian School: The Kingdom Principle

The Christian school is one that intends for its children to bring God’s kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven” (the Christian School Management motto), creates its mission carefully and delivers it with excellence, and recognizes Jesus as the Master Teacher.

Christian Teachers: The Love Principle

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV)

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

Christian Philanthropy: The Mary Principle

Christian schools need supporters who will give of their abundance (at whatever level that indicates) in order to further the work of the school. While parents can be expected to pay tuition and fees for the services they receive, that money typically does not purchase property, build facilities, or provide items that are over and above normal everyday expenses. 

 

Christian Finances: The Ox Principle

The Christian school thinks about money a lot. It enjoys the thought that God provides richly for His people. It wants to have the best resources it can to serve its children. It is neither embarrassed nor ashamed to talk about God’s gift of money. 

Christian Leadership: The Servant Leadership Principle

Christian school leaders are servant leaders. They have the following obligations: Serve the mission of the school – everything else is a subset of this. Serve the children of the school as the primary client.