Culture is formative and is the byproduct of many different things. Discipleship is both planned and organic.
One of my heartbeats as a leader is constantly taking temperature readings of the culture at ECS. It is one of my primary passions as I seek to serve, protect, and advance the mission in a 21st century context. I am also an ECS dad and enjoy aspects of our school culture in academics, athletics, and the arts. Yesterday, I showed up to cheer on our middle school cross country athletes in the championship meet. My two older children participated in cross country this year, so I was there as Dad and Head of School.
Just before the middle school boys started their race, I saw a swarm of our high school cross country boys run up to the middle school boys to cheer them on in their meet. I looked up and captured a moment in which the high school boys were locked in arms, circled around the middle school boys, praying for them. At that moment, I was abounding in hope.
Culture is formative and is the byproduct of many different things. Discipleship is both planned and organic. This snapshot was a glimpse into our culture at ECS – older students serving younger students with prayer, encouragement, and passion. We are not perfect, but when the gospel permeates what we do, things like this happen.