Statement of Faith

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The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) was founded in 1978 when several regional U.S. school associations joined, becoming a united voice to advance excellence in Christian education. The leaders’ vision was to inspire, challenge, and resource educators and schools. First headquartered in La Habra, California, ACSI moved to an expanded facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1994. Today, ACSI serves nearly 24,000 schools in more than 100 countries.

As an association we are committed to:

Biblical Fidelity and Prayer

Immerse ourselves in the Holy Scriptures and prayer, both individually and corporately; consistently measure all association actions, programs, and resources against the teachings of the Word of God; and recognize our total dependence on Him.

Biblical Foundation and Focus on Jesus Christ

Serve schools and educators that represent a range of evangelical, Protestant backgrounds; all our schools and educators will hold to the ACSI Statement of Faith.

Members We Serve

Allocate our resources, including time and finances, in such a way as to bring maximum benefit to our members, and respond promptly to constituent needs.

Stewardship

Act with faithfulness and integrity and exercise diligence in program administration, with thoroughness and research-based expertise in the production of resources, and with fiscal accountability, realizing that ACSI ultimately belongs to God and we ultimately answer to Him for all we do with that which He has entrusted to our care.

Diverse Worldwide Constituency

Be authentically international in structure and practice, promoting international, national, and regional organizational leadership for the mutual benefit of all member schools; develop programs, resources, and services with all constituents in mind, utilizing insights learned from colleagues from around the world and evidencing the high value we place on gender, ethnic, age, and cultural differences.

Staff and Their Growth

Establish personnel resource and organizational policies and practices that encourage equitable and competitive wages, support for continuing professional growth, and commitment to collaborative goal setting, accountability, and consistent implementation of evaluation systems.

Public Engagement

Influence public policy and public perception that have an impact on Christian schools and the rights of Christian educators everywhere, seek appropriate representation to protect the rights of parents to be free to choose the educational program that in their view best meets the educational and spiritual needs of their children, and work in collaboration with families, churches, governments, and other leaders and organizations to promote school compliance with all applicable laws and to promote the ability of private individuals or groups to establish and support Christian schools without restriction or reservation.

ACSI Statement of Faith

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21).
  2. We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).
  3. We believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33), His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:35), His sinless life (Hebrews 4: 15, 7:26), His miracles (John 2:11), His vicarious and atoning death (1 Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9), His Resurrection (John 11:25, 1 Corinthians 15:4), His Ascension to the right hand of God (Mark 16:19), His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11).
  4. We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, and that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God's grace and through faith alone are we saved (John 3:16–19, 5:24; Romans 3:23, 5:8–9; Ephesians 2:8–10; Titus 3:5).
  5. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of condemnation (John 5:28–29).
  6. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:12–13, Galatians 3:26–28).
  7. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:13–14; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19–20; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18).
  8. We believe that the term marriage has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18–25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18, 7:2–5; Hebrews 13:4).
  9. We believe that God's command is that there be no sexual intimacy outside of or apart from marriage between a man and a woman.
  10. We believe that God wonderfully foreordained and immutably created each person as either male or female in conformity with their biological sex. These two distinct yet complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26–27).

Our Statement of Faith is not exhaustive of all of our beliefs. The Bible, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, speaks with absolute authority regarding the proper conduct of mankind and is the unchanging foundation for all belief and behavior. The ACSI Board of Directors holds final interpretive authority on biblical meaning and application with regard to faith, doctrine, policy, practice, and discipline.

ACSI and Colson Center Partner on New Worldview Training for Christian Educators

Jul 27, 2020, 15:59 PM by Larry Lincoln - ACSI
ACSI and the Colson Center are pleased to announce a new partnership designed to provide guidance for teaching worldviews, culture, and cultural engagement. The two organizations will collaborate on a 10-hour digital Professional Development program for Christian schools.
July 28, 2020

Contact information: Larry Lincoln (Larry_Lincoln@acsi.org)

(719) 424-6461

Colorado Springs, CO – ACSI and the Colson Center are pleased to announce a new partnership designed to provide guidance for teaching worldviews, culture, and cultural engagement. The two organizations will collaborate on a 10-hour digital Professional Development program for Christian schools.

The video series will feature internationally acclaimed speakers and practitioners who will equip Christian School leaders and educators to confidently address these topics during the upcoming school year and beyond.

“The Colson Center emphasis on worldview training and spiritual formation dovetails with our own vision and purpose—in particular, our Flourishing Schools Institute. We feel this partnership has the potential to provide the best possible training for our school leaders and teachers,” said ACSI President Dr, Larry Taylor.

Participating school leaders and teachers will receive materials and resources to accompany the digital presentations that will provide updated year-long input and awareness. Additionally, there will be a live webinar question & answer session available for all participating schools with both ACSI and The Colson Center. Participants will also be able to earn CEUs towards their continuing education needs.

According to Colson Center President John Stonestreet, “The program is designed so that school leaders will be equipped to teach and disciple students to love God and their neighbors more in their individual lives, their relationships, and in their public lives.”

The Christian worldview and fluency teacher development videos will be available in August and feature speakers such as Dr. Os Guinness, Dr. Christopher Yuan, Dr. John Lennox, Dr. Bill Brown, and Stonestreet.

According to Stonestreet, the five-module training program is for teachers from elementary school through high school. “The videos and resources are fashioned to provide faculty and staff participants with ideas for discussing how they can apply the truths presented in them in their own schools,” he added.

Other partners and leaders throughout the field of Christian Education anticipate the ACSI-Colson Center alliance and accompanying resources will provide much-needed resources and support to educators.

“The International Alliance of Christian Educators (IACE) is extremely excited about the opportunity to provide encouragement and support for the wonderful partnership with the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and the Association for Christian Schools International,” said Dr. David S. Dockery, President IACE. “We are incredibly grateful to Larry Taylor, John Stonestreet, and Bill Brown for their superb leadership for this important worldview development initiative,” he added.

IACE is a new Christian education network with nearly 60 charter members and encompasses a wide variety of evangelical educational institutions and organizations. Both ACSI and the Colson Center are charter members.

For more information about the program click here: colsoncenter.org/acsi.

About ACSI:

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., ACSI exists to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ. ACSI advances excellence in Christian schools by enhancing the professional and personal development of Christian educators and providing vital support functions for Christian schools by offering multiple services including teacher and administrator certification, school accreditation, legal/legislative assistance, and curriculum publishing. Serving more than 25,000 schools in 108 countries, ACSI helps more than 5.5 million students worldwide connect to Christian education.

For more information on the ministry, visit www.ACSI.org or follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ACSIUSA  or on Twitter at @ACSIUSA

About The Colson Center:

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., The Colson Center equips Christians to live out their faith with clarity, confidence, and courage in this cultural moment. We provide audio and blog commentaries to help bring clarity to current events. We offer webinars and training to help Christians gain confidence in answering the call to cultural stewardship, and we give them courage as part of a movement to be God's agents in the work of restoration.

For more information on the ministry, visit https://www.colsoncenter.org or follow on Facebook at https://www.facebookcom/colsoncenter or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BreakPointCC

About IACE

IACE is an education network designed to provide support for faithful Christ-centered and confessionally focused educational institutions and organizations in the evangelical tradition. The mission of IACE is to unify, synergize, and strengthen collective conviction around biblical orthodoxy and orthopraxy, cultural witness, scholarship, professional excellence, and resourcing of Christian education at all levels. For more information on IACE, visit https://iace.education/.