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Partner Community Program

 
Santiago Christian School currently partners with several communities in the Santiago region as part of our mission to form personas íntegras who reflect Jesus in character, wisdom, and influence. The purpose of the Partner Community Program is to build mutual relationships with our neighbors that promote values of holistic transformation, faithful stewardship, and a celebration of the beauty of the diversity that the Lord has created. 
 
Mission:
Producing students who exert a redemptive influence on their world and who demonstrate a holistic understanding of and appreciation for their city through shared learning and experiences with diverse communities.
 
Vision: 
SCS students and staff will have a holistic perspective and deeper understanding of neighboring communities and be given opportunities to live out the biblical call to love and serve their neighbors while also experiencing the blessing of being loved and served by them.
 
Program Description:
The Santiago Christian School Partner Community Program connects several communities in the Santiago region to form partnerships that support each community and capitalize on the strengths that each organization/ministry has to offer.  These partnerships provide both staff and students with opportunities to build relationships with others from diverse backgrounds and learn from each other, developing personas íntegras with a more holistic understanding of their city.  The Partner Community Program also gives each community access to resources, opportunities for interaction, and new ways of thinking by working with neighbors from different backgrounds.
 
Biblical Principles:
Santiago Christian School partners with other Christ-centered communities to reflect and extend the gospel’s transformative power to bring about justice and shalom in a broken world. The justice and mercy of God, most fully depicted in the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, results in the reconciliation of formerly hostile parties (Col. 1:19-22, 2 Cor. 5:18-20, Ephesians 2:11-14). It is through this ministry of reconciliation which God has given us that justice is enacted in a broken world. This same merciful justice shown to us through Christ leads us to prioritize building bridges with other ministries who share God's heart for showing mercy to a fallen world. (Romans 5:6-8, 2 Cor. 5:18-20, Ephesians 2:11-14).
  • Unity of the Body of Christ Our unity with other believers allows us to better display the multi-faceted image of God and appreciate a greater variety of abilities and creative expression within the body. It helps bring peace, justice, and unity to relationships torn apart by ethnicity, income inequality, and power imbalance (1 Cor. 12:12-14,21). Additionally, it keeps us from the danger of self-sufficiency (1 Pet. 4:10-11).
  • The Image of God We recognize that all humans are created in God's image (Gen. 1:26-27). Building relationships across social, cultural, ethnic, and language differences demonstrates the value and dignity of each person (Gal. 3:26-28).
  • Orthodoxy to Orthopraxy These partnerships allow our students to put into practice what they have conceptually learned in their Bible classes (James 2:14-18).
 
Impact: 
  • Students and staff develop a more holistic perspective and deeper understanding of people from diverse communities in Santiago
  • Students and staff grow as good neighbors, servant leaders, and advocates for the weak
  • Students and staff have the ability to live among and work with diverse populations
  • Lower-income communities are given access to more educational and economic resources
  • Students and staff grow in interdependence with the broader community and in understanding of the unique gifts that everyone has to offer
  • Students and staff practice communication and other relational skills with people from diverse backgrounds
     

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