The Value of a Christian Education

If you're a parent, you probably spend a lot of time thinking (and worrying) about your child's education. Are they being prepared for a successful career in the real world? Are they developing social skills and building healthy friendships? Are they being exposed to inappropriate material or corrupting influences? In addition to their coursework, are they learning important life skills and Christian values? 


Unfortunately, the public school system doesn't give parents much of a say in their children's education. For parents who would rather take a more active role in shaping their kids' education, the main alternatives available are homeschooling and private Christian schools. Homeschooling isn't feasible for many families (particularly those in which both parents work). On top of that, many people worry about the lack of social opportunities available to kids in a homeschool setting. 


On the other hand, private Christian schools offer the best of both worlds: high-quality academics and a vibrant yet wholesome social environment. Here, we'll discuss some of the things you can expect from a faith-based education

Integration of Faith and Learning

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. -Colossians 3:17


Secular schooling encourages kids to think of their academic and religious lives as separate—when in fact, one of the very cornerstones of Christian faith is that God is with us at all times, and to properly serve Him, we must do so in every aspect of our lives. One of the benefits of faith-based education is that the Bible is integrated into the classroom. Rather than learning about the world around them from a secular point of view, children learn to see the world from a Christian perspective. As such, they learn to appreciate the beauty of God's creation from an academic and a spiritual viewpoint.

Faith Is a Part of Daily Life

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. - Psalm 1:2


Amidst the busyness of modern life, it's all too easy to fall out of the habit of regular prayer and devotions. That's true for young people as much as it is for adults. Fortunately, many Christian private schools offer some form of regular spiritual practice, whether that's starting the day with a prayer, daily chapel services, or Bible study classes. This ensures that students have regular opportunities to interact with God and listen to His word. It also helps them to build the habit of a regular devotional practice. 

Private Schools Offer Rigorous Academic Curricula

Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning. - Proverbs 9:9


There's a common misconception that Christian private schools are less academically challenging than their public school counterparts. In fact, the opposite is often true. Because private schools aren't bound by the same state-mandated requirements around standardized testing and curriculum, they have the ability to hold students to a higher educational standard. In general, private schools tend to be more focused on college preparation than public schools. This has been corroborated by data from the national Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which shows that private school students tend to score better on college entry tests than public school students.  


In addition, private schools typically have a smaller student body than public schools do. That means smaller class sizes and more individualized attention for each student. 

Nurturing Environment

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. - Ephesians 4:29


Bullying is a major concern for students and parents all over the world. One of the biggest benefits of Christian private schools is the positive, value-based environment they work hard to cultivate. By enrolling your child in a Christian education, you can rest assured that they'll be part of a supportive community, surrounded by like-minded individuals and instructors who share the same faith-based principles. 


If you're ready to take control of your child's education and set them up for success, consider enrolling them in Life Prep Academy, the best small private Christian school in Wichita. Word of Life Church is dedicated to making the world a better place by spreading the Word and Love of God. Our mission is to create an authentic, welcoming worship community, and to empower people to live a life of faith and service in the name of Jesus. Our offerings include a variety of worship experiences, LifeGroups, youth programs, and service initiatives for individuals of all ages, all of them designed to offer community and opportunities to engage with God. Attend a sermon or contact us today to learn more about how we can serve you, or consider donating to support our work. 


A Guide to Visiting a New Church

Whether you've moved to a new area, outgrown your old church, or you're a first-time church goer, finding a new church and visiting it for the first time can be a daunting prospect. In addition to being a source of community and social support, church is also where we go to hear the word of God, and is thus an important component of our spiritual well-being. As the Bible tells us, "So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:11-13). 


As such, it's essential to find a church that meets your needs—spiritually, socially, and logistically. And, as with any new commitment, you'll want to make sure it's a good fit by visiting a new church at least once. Here, we've put together a brief list of things to consider when looking at different churches, as well as a guide for first time visitors at church

How To Choose a New Church

Finding a new church is an intensely personal decision, and as such, there's no right or wrong answer. The right church for you is one that aligns with your beliefs, values, and preferences. To figure out what that looks like for you, spend some time reflecting on the following questions. If you belonged to another church in the past, it might also be helpful to think about what you did and didn't like about your experience there. 


  • Do the doctrines, preaching style, and scriptural philosophy of the church agree with your own?
    For example, does this church believe in the Bible as the ultimate authority on questions of faith and worship? Similarly, where does it stand on certain key tenets of Christian doctrine, such as the Holy Trinity, the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection of Christ, and salvation by grace? Finally, do the sermons and the manner in which they are delivered resonate with you?

  • Does the church's infrastructure seem sound?
    Good governance can make or break a church. Ask about the church's administrative structure, its membership policies and regulations, and its leadership. If anything seems amiss, that could be a red flag.

  • Does the church have a strong community?
    For example, are the social offerings and programs (such as youth ministry, Bible study groups, etc.) to your liking?

  • Is the location suitable and convenient?
    Depending on your desired level of involvement and attendance, keep in mind that you may be making the trip to church multiple times a week. A prohibitively long drive or an unsafe neighborhood can be a deal-breaker.

  • Do you feel welcome?
    Going to a new church can be intimidating—after all, few people like being the new person in a room full of strangers. However, one of the hallmarks of a good church is that the congregation will do their best to make you feel comfortable. 

What To Do as a First-Time Visitor to a New Church

Exploring a new place of worship can be a wonderful chance to make new friends, deepen your connection with God, and grow as a Christian. For that reason, it's important to think of your visit as an opportunity, and to keep an open mind. Below are a few things you ought to be on the lookout for, and to make sure to do:

  • Make a good impression.
    Looking for a new church is a two-way street. While it's important that the church and its congregants meet your requirements, it's also important that you demonstrate you'll be a valuable addition to the community. Consider looking up the church's website or social media, or calling ahead of time to get an idea of the dress code (if there is one), and any other pertinent details for new attendees.

  • Introduce yourself.
    Make a point to say hello to at least a couple of people. Tell them you're new, and ask them what they like about the church. This is a great chance to get an insider perspective. Even more importantly, stick around in the greeting line after the service and introduce yourself to the pastor.

  • Get involved.
    If your initial experience at a new church seems promising, inquire about the possibility of attending other programs, such as community events, Bible study meetings, or a new members class (if available). Doing so will give you a chance to experience the wider social landscape of the church. 

  • Pray about it.
    Don't forget to ask God for guidance or a sign about where He wants you to be. If you're feeling uncertain or anxious, this is a great way to help alleviate your stress and gain some assurance. 

Word of Life Church is dedicated to making the world a better place by spreading the Word and Love of God. Our mission is to create an authentic, welcoming worship community, and to empower people to live a life of faith and service in the name of Jesus. Our offerings include a variety of worship experiences, LifeGroups, youth programs, and service initiatives for individuals of all ages, all of them designed to offer community and opportunities to engage with God. Attend a sermon or contact us today to learn more about how we can serve you, or consider donating to support our work. 


Using Faith To Create Positive Changes in the World

The modern world can be a difficult place to live. Every day, we are confronted by headlines announcing another disaster, act of violence, or impending crisis. While technology is a blessing in many ways, it's also led to people becoming more disconnected from one another. It's discouraging, to say the least. 


Often, the veritable flood of bad news has the worrisome effect of making us feel helpless and overwhelmed. After all, in the face of problems of such magnitude and scale, what difference can an individual possibly make? It's all too easy to become complacent in our feelings of ineffectiveness, or to simply resign ourselves to dealing with the way things are rather than trying to change the world


But this is not what God would want. 


God created humans as stewards of the Earth and commanded us to love others. In failing to honor those responsibilities, we are disobeying His wishes. As the Bible tells us in James 4:17, "If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them." Inaction is not an option. 


Still, that leaves a difficult question—how to let God work through you and create positive changes in the world?


The answer, as it turns out, is less complicated than you might think. Here, we've compiled a few simple ways to harness your faith and let your love for God change the world:


Seek Guidance in Scripture

God gave us the Bible to serve as His living word to guide us on Earth. In looking for ways to change the world, we need look no further than the instructions in Scripture. 


The Bible shows us that making positive changes doesn't have to be about wielding power or large, showy gestures. Jesus and his disciples didn't pursue political power or publicity; rather, they focused on preaching the word of God, healing the sick, practicing tolerance and kindness, and giving to the poor—things that all of us have the power to do on a regular basis. By using Jesus as our example, we can't go wrong. 


Ask God for Power and Direction

If we let it, God's will acts as the guiding star for our actions, but following it requires that we keep our eyes and attention trained on its light. To do this, it's important that we maintain a close relationship with God, both through prayer and reading His word. 


As humans, it's normal for us to lose our way or feel discouraged. As long as we turn back to God for guidance each time we falter in our efforts, we have nothing to be ashamed of. God will give us strength and direction, if we only have the courage to ask for it. 

Be Mindful of Your Time

When was the last time you caught yourself scrolling mindlessly on social media, or looked up from the TV only to realize that you'd been watching for hours longer than you'd intended?


Modern technology and media are designed to distract us. If we're not careful, we can end up wasting hours of each day on things that aren't meaningful or productive—hours that could instead be used to do God's work, or spend time communing with Him. 


Of course, rest and leisure are necessary, and there's nothing wrong with watching movies or taking time for yourself to recharge. The key is that we spend our time intentionally, rather than just allowing ourselves to be sucked into the gravitational pull of the latest Netflix binge because we feel we have nothing better to do. 


God gave each of us a finite, precious amount of time on this earth, but it's up to us to use it to the fullest of our abilities. The next time you catch yourself in a moment of mindlessness, ask yourself whether what you're doing is aligned with your higher purpose. If the answer is no, it might be time to re-evaluate how you're using your time. 

Turn to Your Community

Together, we can accomplish so much more than we can alone. A good church community can serve as a source of guidance or support, a bulwark for our faith, and a chance to join our efforts with those of others to make a difference in the world. 


As a collective, we have access to more resources and opportunities that we would otherwise, whether in the form of mission trips organized by our church or worship groups that can help us better understand the word of God. 



Word of Life Church is dedicated to making the world a better place by spreading the Word and Love of God. Our mission is to create an authentic, welcoming worship community, and to empower people to live a life of faith and service in the name of Jesus. Our offerings include a variety of worship experiences, LifeGroups, youth programs, and service initiatives for individuals of all ages, all of them designed to offer community and opportunities to engage with God. Attend a sermon or contact us today to learn more about how we can serve you, or consider donating to support our work.

How To Deepen Your Relationship With Jesus

A strong relationship with God is a cornerstone of the Christian faith—not to mention, one of the best things you can do on a personal level to cultivate a happy, peaceful life that is aligned with God's plan for you. And yet, it's often easier said than done.


In the Bible, God asks, "'Am I only a God nearby…and not a God far away? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?...Do I not fill heaven and earth?'" (Jeremiah 23:23-24). And yet, even if we believe that God is with us at every moment of every day, and that He is involved in every facet of our lives, it's all too easy to feel distant from Him amid the busyness and chaos of modern life. 

What Does a Relationship With Jesus Look Like?

If we let Him, Jesus will be everything to us: a devoted parent with our best interests at heart, a wise teacher, and a loyal friend. Jesus knows us better than anyone else ever will—including ourselves—and to cultivate a relationship with Him is to never be alone, and to live in the light of the fullest, truest love we can ever imagine. 


That being said, relationships take work, and our relationship with Jesus is no exception. Just as we might maintain a relationship with a friend by calling or texting to say hello, or scheduling time to hang out and catch up, it's important that we put regular effort into our relationship with God in order to stay close to Him. 

Cultivating a Deep Relationship With Jesus

Although it will take time and effort, strengthening your relationship with Jesus needn't be a burden or obligation. In fact, even a few minutes a day is enough to commune with and experience the love of Jesus Christ. Here, we'll list a few simple, everyday practices that you can use to get closer to God:


  • Read the Bible. The Bible is God's Word incarnate, and yet, for many people, their only interaction with it is on Sunday. But the Bible gives us everything we need, from comfort during times of hardship to instructions on how to live our lives. Consider building a habit of reading the Bible every day, even if it's only a few minutes during your lunch break at work, or a couple of verses while you're waiting in line to pick the kids up from school. After all, over time, small habits can produce big results.

  • Prayer. Like reading the Bible, prayer is one of those things that commonly takes a backseat when the demands and distractions of life start to build. Part of the reason for this is that many people are perfectionists when it comes to prayer—they want to do it at the right time in the right place, when they're feeling calm and reflective. In truth, none of those things are necessary for communicating with Jesus. He is always happy to hear from us, whether that's in an extended solitary prayer session or in a brief expression of gratitude between errands or tasks.

  • Show Love to Others. Jesus preached and lived a gospel of service, and caring for our earthly neighbors is arguably the single best way to embody a Christ-like spirit. Volunteering and community service are great ways to do this, but not many people have time for that every day. Instead, make a habit of asking yourself each day, "How can I help someone today?" There is always someone in need around you, whether it's a stranger who is down on their luck or a loved one who needs some extra support right now. No gesture or act of kindness is too small—after all, even Jesus himself wasn't above washing the feet of his disciples.

  • Turn to Music. Music is a uniquely joyful way of worshiping God—and best of all, it's a form of worship that you can turn to at any time, whether you're driving in the car or relaxing at the end of the day. What's more, when it's difficult to find the words for what you want to express to God, music can often help fill in the gaps. 



Word of Life Church is dedicated to making the world a better place by spreading the Word and Love of God. Our mission is to create an authentic, welcoming worship community, and to empower people to live a life of faith Word of Life Ministries and Schools, Inc.and service in the name of Jesus. Our offerings include a variety of worship experiences, LifeGroups, youth programs, and service initiatives for individuals of all ages, all of them designed to offer community and opportunities to engage with God. Attend a sermon or contact us today to learn more about how we can serve you, or consider donating to support our work.