Philosophy of Eagle Valley Christian School
Eagle Valley Christian School is affiliated with the Nevada-Utah Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. This institution extends an education to everyone who abides by its philosophy and governing policies without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin. Eagle Valley Christian School has the responsibility of following denominational guidelines based on a philosophy of education that has the highest ideals and must maintain a system of education in compliance with the regulations of the State of Nevada.
Seventh-day Adventists recognize that God is the Creator and the sustainer of the earth and the entire universe. Because of this basic assumption, we believe that all the common branches of learning, rightly taught and understood, point to God as the source of all-truth.
In His own image God created man perfect. Because of sin, man lost his original estate. It is the purpose of Christian education to restore in man the image of his Creator by perfecting faith in Christ, by promoting the harmonious development of body, mind, and soul, and by preparing man for conscientious, unselfish service to his church and community.
Believing man to be God’s crowning act of creation, Seventh-day Adventists accept as reality the biblical concept of man’s body as the temple of God. Consequently, principals of health are emphasized in order that the student may more effectively carry out God’s purpose, and that he may live the rewarding and abundant life promised in the scriptures to those who do His will.
Another aspect of having been created in the image of God is that every human being is “endowed with a power akin to that of the Creator—individuality, the power to think and to do. . . . It is the work of true education to develop this power, to train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men’s thoughts.” Education, p. 17. “The purpose of this school is to send forth men and women who possess breadth of mind, clearness of thought, and courage of conviction.” Education p. 17
Like Christ, we are in this world to do service for God. We are here to become like God in character, and by a life of service, to reveal Him to the world. Seventh-day Adventists accept the challenge of training youth to be effective coworkers with God and of sharing with the world the knowledge of Christ’s imminent return.
Seventh-day Adventists believe that knowledge of a personal God can never be derived by human reason alone, but that God has communicated His nature, purpose, and plans through divine revelation. The Hold Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and contain the only unerring rule of faith and practice.
A true knowledge of God is to be the source; fellowship with Him in study, prayer, and service is to be means; and a likeness to Him in character is to be the aim of Seventh-day Adventist education.