Introducing Liberty Classical’s Meaningful Purpose
The Importance of a Mission Statement
Most organizations or businesses these days have a mission statement of some sort, the best ones are a strong and succinct summary of what the organization aims to accomplish. The worst ones are a thoroughly confusing conglomeration of feel-good vagueness that only a mid-level HR representative can understand, let alone explain and execute. An example of a great mission statement is Ford Motor Company, whose mission statement reads, “We are a global family with a proud heritage passionately committed to providing personal mobility for people around the world.” Clear. Concise. Direct. Anyone reading this statement for the first time (even if they had never heard of Ford Motor) could understand what this company is about.
Not to equate Liberty Classical with Ford Motor, (our budget and personnel numbers are slightly lower) but our organization also has a mission statement. Like Ford, we want everyone to know (in our case students, parents, staff, and the surrounding community) exactly, in fact why we exist.
Liberty Classical Academy’s meaningful purpose reads:
Liberty classically educates children to be moral leaders who impact the culture for Christ.
When I teach students how to write about and study history and historical documents, we often speak of the importance of the five W’s (and one H) of our subject. Perhaps you remember them from memory, but if not: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How. As we unpack the meaningful purpose statement of Liberty Classical, some of these components will be clearly apparent, but some might benefit from further exposition.
Who is Liberty?
Who? Liberty is the “who” in this exercise, but who is Liberty? Is it the teachers, the faculty, the parents, the students themselves? Yes! Just as Ford Motor is more than Bill Ford, Liberty Classical is more than Rebekah Hagstrom, Jeff Button, and Kathy Smith. Jenny Mogler is Liberty Classical, Tonya Kronschnabel is Liberty Classical, Dave St. Martin is Liberty Classical, Patrick Brown, Kendal Marsh, and Tim Tacheny are Liberty Classical. First graders, third graders, juniors and seniors are Liberty Classical. You, dear reader, are Liberty Classical. This organization, like any healthy organization, ought not to be a them, but an us.
What? What does Liberty Classical do? It educates children. This school is not primarily a jobs program, a child care operation, a center for the performing arts, or a sports institution. It is an institution for the education of children, both classically and morally.
When? This may appear easy to answer, between the hours of 8:10-3:10 each weekday. But it's not that simple. Does the 3:10 bell really signify the end of learning...a mission accomplished? I think not. Moreover, it seems to me that if this meaningful purpose is to be successfully and fully executed, the work of a Liberty Classical education will in fact be lifelong, and won’t even end upon graduation.
Where? Where is easy, currently the “where” happens to be 3878 Highland Ave. in beautiful White Bear Lake, MN. Again though, this is too simplistic. The where of a Liberty Classical education is on the soccer field, around the dinner table, in the car, on social media, in Haiti. The "where" is, in fact, anywhere our lives take us.
The Greatest Question
Why? This one might be the greatest of all. Why? For culture’s impact and for Christ’s glory. It takes only a cursory glance to see that the world is changing. What was once unthinkable is now commonplace. What was once condemned is now celebrated. What was once biological is now emotional. In this, Christ followers need not despair. The light shines brightest in the darkest places. It is my hope and our work to equip that light, to impact the culture for Christ and Christ alone.
In addition to our meaningful purpose, Liberty Classical, like most organizations, have core values that spell out "exactly 'how' the mission is executed." Liberty Classical’s core values include:
- Biblical Principles
- God, Family, Country
- Loving Relationships
- Educational Excellence
- Cultural Engagement
- Courageous Leadership
- Undaunted Perseverance
We will unpack these core values together, one at a time, in the weeks and months ahead.
Jeff Button, K-12 Director
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” - 1 Corinthians 10:31