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Pastorpreneur and Creative Risk Taker for the Kingdom of God

Representing Jesus in Classrooms

The mission statement of Jessup University is:  “we partner with the church to educate transformational leaders for the glory of God”.  That mission is at the foundation and the heartbeat of all we do here at Jessup.  For some, the idea of “transformational leadership” is limited to the church.  I understand that frame of reference.  I was born and raised in the church, I have served the Lord in and through the church my entire life, and I have a deep love for the people of God gathered in worship, teaching, and service.  BUT, I think we often have a limited and constraining view of the church.  If we are not careful, we tend to think only of the church gathered.  But the truth is, the church is not constrained to be only when we gather, in fact we are compelled to be the church assembled in the marketplaces of life as well.  In fact, the Kingdom of God contains all of the church, but we limit the Kingdom when we only think of the church as a gathering for worship and teaching.

Matthew 5:13-16 tells us that we are “salt and light” and that we should live in such a way that people see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.  Some have misinterpreted those words of Jesus to think that good works save us.  Ephesians 2:8-10 gives us clarity here:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Salvation is a free gift of God and our good works-which God has actually prepared for us to do-are a response to His love and forgiveness operating in our lives.  We were made to serve Him and when we do, we have found our purpose and joy in His presence, serving from the overflow of that relationship.  

I am convinced that God has called many people to be teachers and leaders in the classrooms and campuses of our state and nation.  Rather than being isolated from the world and remaining in our churches, I think we gather for worship, and then many of us will be called to reach and serve the precious children of our state by teaching and leading in public, private, and home classrooms.  This is mission, and Jessup is going after it!  Women and men at Jessup are shining the light of His presence by their love, grace, goodness, and excellence in classrooms and on campuses.

 While I see many manifestations of mission fulfillment at Jessup and throughout Northern California and Nevada, perhaps none is so readily evident as in the work of our School of Education when we prepare men and women to serve the Lord in public, private,and homeschool settings.  As you will read throughout this journal, Jessup grads are sought after in the form of our partnership with more than 600 schools in our region.

As you read stories of character, academic excellence, sacrifice, and missional passion for serving and reaching the children of our state, I want to thank you for your prayers.  Please pray for our staff and faculty in the School of Education, pray for our students, and pray for the myriad of school administrators, teachers, and staff that we work with every day so that Jesus may be made known as we live for His glory.

John

President of Jessup University (www.jessup.edu), speaker and author of books on leadership and transformation

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