SBC President's Page - Press Release
The Executive Committee
Southern Baptist Convention
of the President
on Home Schooling, Christian School and Public Education
TAYLORS, S.C., May 9, 2007—"Recent media outlets have
re-engaged the issue of Baptists and/or Christians and their
involvement in public schools. This debate deals with issues
of home schooling and Christian school education, and the role
of parents in discerning an appropriate place of education for
"Some recent news articles have also included statements
from me regarding these issues. I have spoken to this matter
several times. Let me clarify once again.
"I am in full support of the Southern Baptist Convention
Resolution of June, 2006 entitled, "On Engaging the Direction
of the Public School System." I am pastor of a church
that has strong support for home schoolers and their families. Many
in my church go to Christian schools. Two of my three daughters
graduated from Christian schools. However, I also support
those who feel led to continue their children in public school
education. I strongly support those Christian men and women
who teach in our public schools and our young people who are
seriously considering the teaching profession as a possible calling
of God. Basically, I support a parent's right to decide
where their children should be educated. There are many
crucial issues involved. Parents must be very careful about
where they place their children. They must carefully seek
the leadership of the Lord in this important matter. I
am also deeply concerned about those in our society who cannot
afford to either home school (because of work schedules) or place
their children in Christian education because of the costs. This
is a serious issue to me.
"Let us pray for parents to be very sensitive to the leadership
of the Lord. Let us encourage those who seek to make a
difference. The June, 2006 Resolution said it well
when it encouraged Southern Baptists to 'heed our Lord's admonition
to be salt and light in our society.'"
Frank Page is pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C.
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