Over 100 people joined together to consider the future possibilities for Quakertown and Penn View Christian schools and Christopher Dock Mennonite High School on September 16 at Penn Viewâ€™s Godshall Road campus in Souderton, PA. Out of this day of listening and hearing the steering team for the schoolâ€™s GPS 2012 strategic plan initiative has adopted a vision statement, â€œBoldly opening doors to Christ-centered Mennonite education.â€ The vision emerges from the conversations and input of the symposium participants.
According to Sarah Bergin of Perkasie Mennonite Church, â€œItâ€™s so great to be a part of a community that cares about our students, not just academically but spiritually. It was wonderful to be together as a group.â€ Parents, students, alumni, teachers, staff, pastors, conference leaders and community leaders were part of the day-long discernment that led up to the new collaborate vision for the schools. Noel Santiago, Franconia Conference Executive Minister, remarked â€œThere was a lot of energy here with good focus and clarity. We still have the tough part of making it a reality.â€
The ongoing work of GPS (Globally Positioned Students) 2012 will focus around four goals derived from the September 15 meeting. These goals include:
â€¢ Mission driven, action-oriented collaboration among schools, families, congregations and conferences
â€¢ Accessibility to Christ-centered Mennonite education in the tri-school area
â€¢ Exemplary Christ-centered teaching and learning within an Anabaptist/Mennonite worldview
â€¢ Cultivating a community recognizable by their impact as Christ-centered pilgrim servants building Godâ€™s kingdom locally and globally