Biblical Classical Community
Have you heard of the Biblical Classical Community? Finally, there is a community for Christian families who desire to incorporate the Principle Approach® in their homeschools. It has been a prayer of mine since my early homeschool years with our children. It turns out that it has been a prayer on the hearts of several others as well. Now, several Master Teachers are coming together to make online courses available. These are created for like-minded homeschooling parents who desire to implement the Principle Approach® with more ease. Continue reading in order to learn more about the Biblical Classical Community (BCC).
Why an online platform of courses with a Biblical approach to principles?
Do you want your child to have a Biblical worldview? At the root of every subject is a Biblical foundation and a providential view of history. Our courses use Biblical principles to cultivate a Biblical worldview that brings liberty to the individual, family, church, and nation.
What are Biblical Classical Community’s Courses Like?
Master Teachers teach on courses that they choose to teach based on their gifts, talents, interests, and skills. BCC is not a school, so we do not have a specified list of courses that need to be offered. However, families may choose to utilize our courses in a homeschool hybrid sense. That’s up to individual families.
Courses vary in these other ways, dependent upon what individual Master Teachers choose to offer:
- Electives or summer clubs (1 month each)
- 5 week courses
- 10 week courses
- 15 week courses (full semester)
- 20 week courses
- 26 week courses (full school year)
- 30 week courses
Courses may be designed for:
- individual grades
- mixed grade ranges (e.g. 9th – 12th grades)
- whole families
- the parents/guardians
- a combination of these depended upon the Master Teacher
It’s important to note that some courses will be open and some will be closed.
Open means that courses are pre-recorded and individuals may start it whenever they like. But, there aren’t any live sessions via Zoom or a similar platform. Additionally, there are notebook pages to go along with the course. Master Teachers may have students in the course upload their work for discussion via the group for that course.
Closed means that there is a start and finish date. Because there are some or all live sessions being offered in the course, students can’t randomly sign up and participate. These are scheduled out. That said, lessons may be pre-recorded. However, there may be live sessions for students and the teacher for discussion throughout a course. Or, there may be a live session at the end of each month or the course itself. To be sure, each course description explains the details. Closed courses will have a wait list for the next time enrollment is open.
How Does Biblical Classical Community Define a Master Teacher?
My dear friend and mentor Ben Gilmore taught me that:
“A Master Teacher is someone who plants a seed and it will grow for a lifetime.”
Therefore, we honor and recognize Master Teachers who have received training in—and who have had experience teaching with—the approach that Verna M. Hall and Rosalie J. Slater envisioned. For example, they may have been trained by:
- Verna M. Hall
- Rosalie J. Slater
- Ben Gilmore
- Bill Burtness
- James Kilkenny (YWAM in Tyler, Tx).
- James B. Rose
- Katherine Dang
- Marshall Foster
- Ruth Smith
- Master Teachers via YWAM in Tyler, Tx.
- Master Teachers via an established PA school
Verna’s and Rosalie’s individual commitment to Christ impacted so many lives. And, it continues to do so. As a result, there’s so much beauty in seeing so many individuals, homeschools, ministries, missionary work, and schools that are born from their work. Without a doubt, each one is carrying the torch to restore education back to Biblical principles and a Providential view. BCC is a place for Master Teachers to come together with a shared heart and vision for the Christian homeschool community.
The most important thing is that God is brought glory as Romans 15:6 encourages:
“That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” -(KJV)
Honoring Master Teachers via God’s Principles
Honoring all Master Teachers honors each individual regardless of when and by whom they are receive training. In addition, we feel that this is another way to greatly honor the vision that Ms. Verna M. Hall and Ms. Rosalie J. Slater had.
Most of all, we believe that this honors God’s Principles of:
- Individuality: We honor each individual who is trained and have pure hearts to disciple others for God’s glory.
- Christian Self-Government: Each teacher governs rightly their education and teaching to bring glory to God.
- Christian Character: Each teacher walks in brotherly and sisterly love in Christ Jesus (John 13:35 and Philippians 2:3)
- Unity with Diversity: We are unified in the philosophy and method that we teach. And, we have a diverse pallet of courses for families to choose from.
- Private Property: Conscience is the most sacred of it all. We teach our own lessons, properly cite works, and honor copyright laws—honoring the private property of others.
- Biblical Form: Each Master Teacher represents rightly Ms. Hall’s and Ms. Slater’s philosophy and method of life and learning.
- Local Authority: Each course is an independent creation by Master Teachers. And, it’s their jurisdiction to govern.
- Liberty: Each Master Teacher has liberty to teach what the Lord leads them to teach (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Honoring Individuals and Families
BCC’s Master Teachers are either parents, grandparents, homeschooling parents, or missionaries.
In this light, we believe that what we are doing at Biblical Classical Community honors individuals and families via God’s Principles of:
- Individuality: We honor the uniqueness of each individual, family, and homeschool.
- Christian Self-Government: Each participating individual and family is to govern their own education.
- Christian Character: Each participating individual and family is to practice walking in Christ-like character and brotherly love.
- Unity with Diversity: Families are unified on learning and applying this philosophy and method for life and learning. And, families can use the diverse assortment of courses to help tailor their home education experience.
- Private Property: Conscience is the most sacred of it all. Each participating family chooses to honor the private property of the teachers by respecting boundaries for payment and use of courses and course materials.
- Biblical Form: Each individual and family represents rightly the fruit of a Biblical-central way of life and learning.
- Local Authority: Parents are the authority over their children—liberty with law— and are the ones to govern their jurisdiction of family.
- Liberty: Each individual and family has liberty to learn as the Lord leads them.
As committed Christians, we’re coming together to mentor those who desire to learn. In the end, it’s for the purpose of expanding God’s Kingdom and bringing Him glory. Together, we’re all stronger and the mission to restore is strengthened by unity of heart and mind.
Courses are being added as Master Teachers upload them. Check back regularly to see what may be of interest to you.
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