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Goal #4: Educational Excellence
November, 2013

NCC Superintendent of Schools Bill Keresoma wants to make it clear: Goal #4 is not just the responsibility of educators and parents.“Every single person in the conference can help our schools achieve excellence,” he said. “To be truly successful, they need the power that can be obtained only through prayer.”

Keresoma invites all church members to pray each day between 8 and 9 a.m. for NCC students – whether at church school, public school or home school. “Pray specifically for the students in your community and for the educational work throughout the conference, especially the strategies we plan on implementing during the next few years,” he said. These strategies include:
  • Produce more Journey to Excellence schools (standards set by the North American Division).
  • Make Adventist Christian education more affordable.
  • Develop an overall marketing strategy for schools.
  • Identify ways to serve students not within the Adventist educational system.
  • Foster student commitment to Christ and His mission.
  • Enhance the student learning experience.
Since coming to the NCC in 2011, Keresoma has emphasized the importance of prayer for the 38 schools in the conference. He often cites Matthew 18:19,20: “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in My name, there am I with them” (New International Version).

He also points out Ellen White’s explanation of that text: “The promise is made on condition that the united prayers of the church are offered, and in answer to these prayers there may be expected a power greater than that which comes in answer to private prayer. The power given will be proportionate to the unity of the members and their love of God and for one another” (Manuscript Releases, Volume 9, 303.3). 

Following are a few examples of ways that NCC schools are incorporating corporate prayer onto their campuses:

Chico Oaks Adventist School: For more than a decade, every morning the “Praying Parents” group gathers. Not only do they intercede for the school, they pray specifically for two “prayer kids.” A monthly calendar lists each day’s students so that the entire school can pray for them. “There is power in the prayer of unity for God’s blessings on our school,” said school office manager Cynthia Cox.

Redwood Adventist Academy: Teachers pray with their students each day at 11 a.m., and parents are encouraged to pray at that time, as well. The practice began last year when the school was experiencing difficulties. Since then, “we can see the Lord impressing people to give and to support the school, and our financial situation has improved,” said Glenda Purdy, registrar and teacher. “It’s great to see the Lord leading and to see everybody being aware that He is leading us.”

Sacramento Adventist Academy: On Monday mornings Principal John Soule, school board members and parents meet at the school flagpole. “We invite God to be here for the week, so He can walk our halls and be with our students and staff,” said Soule. In addition, Student Association Religious Vice President Sonja Cartwright conducts a monthly student prayer walk. “I think it’s important for the students, staff and parents to know that we are praying, that we hold Christ up in everything we do,” said Soule.
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