Discipleship is the focus of ECS
This occurs through the transforming power of God’s spirit and the intellectual sharpening of our minds. In the discipleship process it is our desire that every student first knows Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and then grows to spiritual maturity. We communicate this process through our discipleship model.
- Teaching for Understanding
- Cultivating for Transformation
- Mentoring for Growth
Our intellect is engaged through Teaching for Understanding, our character is developed by Cultivating for Transformation and our service to God and others is instilled through Mentoring for Growth. To implement this model ECS provides strong academic training, creates a school culture for transformation and incorporates ministry opportunities within the school and into the community.
Daily Bible classes train our students in biblical truth and the knowledge of God. This instruction includes learning the stories in the Old and New Testaments, memorizing verses, the study of doctrine, studying specific books of the Bible, themes of the Bible and of course the Gospel message of the Bible. The articulation and defense of the Bible, apologetics, is taught in the upper grades along with an emphasis on a biblical worldview.
Chapel is held each Thursday. There is an elementary chapel (K-5), a secondary chapel (6-12) and sometimes separate a middle and high school chapels. Speakers from around the area are invited to speak. Once a year each class presents a special chapel where the class prepares the music, the message, and more. Our Praise Bands are awesome and student-led. As the opportunity arises, outside groups may visit to present a special chapel. For example, we have had the English Handbell Choir from Appalachian Bible College and the Children of the World International Children’s Choir. We have also had alumni speak to the student body, such as missionaries Jonathan Latham and Mark Norman.
Some of the comments our students have made about ECS chapels:
- “I like chapel at ECS because there are a good variety of people who speak. The Praise Band is lively.”
- “Chapels help us in our spiritual growth. The speakers give us new perspectives on God.”
- “ECS chapels help me to learn more about the Lord Jesus Christ. The worship time is very meaningful. It allows students to participate, and not just listen.”
- “I look forward to chapel day, not just because of shorter class periods, but because chapels are exciting.”
- “I enjoy the different speakers in our chapels. They teach to all different styles of learners.”