Monday, December 1, 2014

The Vision of Core Academy

Traditionally at this time of year, non-profit directors and presidents send letters to their supporters listing all their accomplishments and asking for donations. I’m tempted to follow the same template and tell you all about the things we’ve done and want to do, but I would rather focus on what we want to be. I want to give you a sense of the goal that Core Academy of Science is striving to become.

It’s no secret that evangelical Christianity and science don’t exactly get along. Whether it’s evolution or stem cells or climate change or reproductive technology or even more technical issues, Christians seem to be at odds with science. Maybe that doesn’t bother you. Maybe you just don’t understand all the fuss, and you just trust that God will work it out in the end. That may be fine for you personally, but ignoring the problems won’t work for the body of Christ. As unbelieving scientists continue to push against traditional Christian ethics and beliefs, an unengaged, unscientific church will become more and more irrelevant to society. Science-minded kids will continue to be disillusioned by a faith that doesn’t seem relevant to science at all. I know that God will take care of these problems in His own way, but I want to part of that work. That’s the vision of Core Academy.

I see a day when Christians re-take their place in the sciences, not as antagonists or as an oppressed minority but as scholars and leaders. I see this new generation guiding science to better theories and technologies that do not trample on the eternal truths of God. I see this new generation helping the church to value science as a tool to expand our understanding of the Creator, to aid our stewardship as the Image of God, and to assist in fulfilling the Great Commission. Best of all, I see that generation right on the horizon.

Our mission at Core Academy is to reach that horizon by helping Christians better understand and appreciate science. That might sound like an odd mission for a Christian ministry, but we want to prepare the way for Christians to transform science into what God wants it to be. We need Christian parents, teachers, and students excited about science again. We need to disciple that new generation and help them to become the scientists that God wants them to be.

Maybe science isn’t your burden or mission, but by supporting the work of Core Academy it can be. Just as you can be part of a foreign mission field by supporting missionaries, you can be part of transforming science by supporting Core Academy. What an amazing opportunity!

As you prepare your Christmas giving this year, please consider a gift to Core Academy. We are only $3,000 short of meeting our annual budget, and we are confident that God can provide that final need of 2014. The Lord has put a great work before us all, and we can’t do it without you. Your generosity makes all this possible!

With deep gratitude,

Todd Wood

Feedback? Email me at toddcharleswood [at] gmail [dot] com.