Philosophy and Mission
In 1997, the RDCS Society captured the preceding religious and philosophical basis and defined its purpose with the following Mission Statement:
Our mission is to provide a Christ-centered education,so that students are equipped to serve God joyfully, in every area of life.
To provide a Christ-centered education so that students are equipped and encouraged to serve God joyfully in every area of life.
To be a Christian community of learners.
Playing our role as an Educators or Administrators in God’s story at Gateway is educating for eternity. It starts with a growth mindset that drives our belief that all can succeed. Students and Staff. Success comes when we BELIEVE that we have a part in GOD’S STORY and we INVEST in ACTIONS that TARGET our growth here on Earth and Eternity. We will advance achievement by, planning for it, expecting it, reflecting on and celebrating growth, and reviewing/reframing to ensure progress. We behave in a way that recognizes our diversity, and values equity. We inspire learning and nurture hope within each other because we know that we have a collective responsibility to our goals and our story. This makes us powerful difference makers. It is in this place where we will provide a Christ centered education so that students are equipped and encouraged to serve God joyfully in every area of life.
1. establish a caring Christian learning environment
2. teach the skills students will need for serving
3. model joyful service
4. expose students to community examples of Christian Service
5. recognizing individual gifts, provide opportunities for service
Statement of Faith
On the foundation of God’s infallible Word—the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament—we declare the following articles to be our summary statement of the Christian faith:
God: There is one infinite and holy, loving and personal God who speaks to us in Scripture and reveals himself to us in his acts of creation, salvation, and renewal, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As finite beings created in God’s image, we declare that it is our purpose, our privilege, and our joy to worship, honor, serve, and obey him.
Creation: The world that is our home belongs to God, who created it and faithfully sustains it by his providence. Creation is the theater of God’s glory, displaying his power and majesty. He calls us to discover creation’s resources, to receive them with thanksgiving and delight as his gift, and to use them wisely as stewards and caretakers— responsible to God and to our neighbor.
Sin: Our ability to carry out our human calling—to honor God, serve our neighbor, and care for the creation—is marred by the corrosive effects of sin which touch every part of life. When our first parents listened to Satan’s lie, questioned God’s Word, and rebelled against him, they brought his judgment upon themselves, all their descendants, and the creation. Brokenness, disease, hate, arrogance, alienation, abuse of creation, and ultimately death, are the inevitable fruit of sin in our world.
Covenant: However, God has not rejected or abandoned his world, but turned to it in love. He gave the rainbow to Noah as a pledge of his promise to care for all creatures. He formed a covenant with Abraham, promising to be a faithful God to him and his children, and through them to bless all nations. Through his servant Moses, God disclosed his law for the human community, promising rich blessing as the fruit of obedience. God always keeps his promises. We acknowledge with gratitude and joy that he is our God, we are his people, and this is his world.
Redemption: As he promised, God in love sent Jesus Christ into the world to save it from sin and its consequences. The atoning death of the Son of God is the only payment for the debt of human sin, and his resurrection is the only liberation from the powers of evil and death. The victorious Lord sends the Holy Spirit to create faith, cleanse and renew hearts, and build a community of love and holiness. It is this community’s mission to proclaim and live the good news, and to disciple the nations.
Kingdom of God: Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His kingdom is the everlasting kingdom, and he reigns over all things for our good. To be a citizen of this kingdom is a privilege, a joy, and a responsibility. Led by his Spirit—cultivating the fruit of love, joy, and peace—we place our every thought, word, and deed in the service of Christ’s present and coming reign. We live daily in the confident hope of his triumphant return.