Reasons for Accreditation
Educational quality in Christian schools is essential. While there are a number of reasons why this is true, the three reasons given below are the most persuasive:
- A Scriptural ministry, such as Christian education, is accountable to the Lord. II Corinthians 5:10 states, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." Those involved in Christian education are primarily accountable to God for quality results. With such weight of responsibility, it is wise to request the assistance of godly, trained fellow servants because "...in the multitude of counselors there is safety" (Proverbs 11:14).
- Scriptural ministry, such as Christian education, is accountable for quality to secular entities in accordance with such Bible passages as 1 Thessalonians 4:12, "That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without..." Those "without" are herein defined as non-believers who may judge our Lord by the impact of what we do and what we offer in the Christian school. Christian education, like any ministry, must offer effective curricular and instructional programs as a testimony to the Lord.
- A Scriptural ministry which is dependent upon consumers of that ministry, as is the case of the Christian school, must offer a quality program to those involved in the ministry. Otherwise, they will no longer participate in the school program. In this case, accreditation becomes one means of serving the interests of everyone involved. It has been observed that those Christian schools which are growing are schools that have a great concern for quality.