Today, the Baines family shares how their family is intentional to serve as a family and how our UM model allows them the freedom to do just that.
We love to serve as a family wherever we are. We are deeply rooted in our church and in Cornerstone. This commitment has led to many opportunities to serve as a couple. Over the years we’ve helped in financial, music, youth, children, career ministries and others. We delight in being in the background, and although we’ve held many titles we do so quietly, as titles don’t matter: Jesus and His bride matter. He came to serve, not to be served (Matt 20:28), so we delight in doing the same.
Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.1 Timothy 3:13
An interesting benefit of serving with a grateful heart is that the Lord takes care of things in everyday miraculous ways. Each time we have served, we have grown closer together as a couple, realizing the blessing the Lord gave us in each other. It’s one little way the Lord helped us to grow and assured us in our faith.
How we encourage our children to serve
"Serving builds character and helps us to grow in our walk with Jesus, and the main message of 2 Peter is 'just keep growing and you’ll receive a rich welcome in the Kingdom'."
We also encourage each of our children to serve. Hannah serves in the youth department, and here at school we purpose to serve wherever we are needed. Our sons, David and Jonathan, assist in the mornings by placing chairs at each student desk in the in the black hallway.
Each Thursday afternoon while students are being picked up and going home Anne serves in carpool, and during that time our boys help clean the art room. It is important for them to serve and be helpful.
Serving builds character and helps us to grow in our walk with Jesus, and the main message of 2 Peter is “just keep growing and you’ll receive a rich welcome in the Kingdom”.
How Cornerstone's University-Model® helps
In today’s busy and “hurry up” world, the importance of family time cannot be overlooked. In 2013, Brance C. Barker* conducted a study of UM schools and found that both teachers and parents agree:
THIS MODEL PROVIDES MORE TIME FOR FAMILIES TO INFLUENCE THEIR CHILDREN.
Students of elementary age through high school attend classes the way most college students do. At Cornerstone Prep, elementary students are on campus two days a week and secondary students three days. On off campus days, students complete assigned work at home under parental supervision.
For families who value time with their children, Cornerstone's unique model might be just what you are looking for to enable you to leave a lasting legacy.
*EXPLORING STRUCTURAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL BARRIERS: TEACHERS’ AND PARENTS’ PERCEPTIONS OF PARENT INVOLVEMENT PRACTICES IN UNIVERSITY-MODEL® SCHOOLS AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL LEVELS. Brance C. Barker, 2013