Communicating Like Jesus
As the world continues to grow more hostile to not only Christians, but each other, there is no time like the present to train our students in the area of communication. Equally important however, is the challenge to model humble and civil discourse in our homes, churches, schools and communities. At Prestonwood Christian Academy we don't shy away from tough topics, and while we may not always agree on the action steps necessary to improve our world in the areas of justice and morality, we certainly can agree that God's Word is true and provides the solutions every individual seeks. But, knowing that God's Word is sufficient and reaching people with that Word are not always mutually exclusive. In fact, oftentimes what we believe is difficult to communicate effectively and therefore has a negative impact or none whatsoever. For this reason, PCA's Communication Arts faculty work to prepare our students to engage in discourse that honors God through our tone, logic, creativity, credibility and rhetorical skill. Never has it been enough to lay out facts in cold and distant tones or argue for the truth condescendingly. Jesus Himself was a master of communication employing historical evidence, storytelling devices, questions, sincerity, confidence, rhetoric and love. Not only did he engage on a personal level with His audience, but He used language and skill that His audience would understand and be drawn to.
Students in each of our areas of Communication Arts are working toward a better understanding of how their written, verbal and visual communication will impact their peers, PCA community and the world at large. They are intentionally guided in their process from conception of a message to the final production. Hands on experience in all areas are key to each students' success and our program diligently seeks opportunities for them to engage in real world learning experiences.
According to scripture we know that the tongue and our speech can be a force of destruction; breaking down trust, causing dissention, spreading lies and leading people away from a relationship with Christ. James 3:6 says, "And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell." These are some pretty significant images of the impact our words can have on each other throughout a lifetime. But, we also know that words can give life and bring healing to others around us. Proverbs 18:4 reminds us, "The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook."
As a new year approaches, may our resolution be... to listen well for understanding, think before we speak, and let our words bring truth, healing and life. "Let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger" (James 1:19).
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your Comm Arts Faculty!