Life, Community and Professional Expectations
Life and Community Expectations:
All persons serving with or for Rosslyn Academy (including board members, staff, substitutes, private music lesson teachers, etc.) are expected to be: (a) committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of the Scripture; (b) actively involved in a congregation in Kenya; (c) adaptable to different cultural and social environments; (d) committed to a life of service; (e) seeking emotional, social, and spiritual growth, (f) committed to a lifestyle consistent with Biblical teaching; and (g) in agreement with the Core Christian Beliefs of Rosslyn Academy.
Rosslyn Academy’s Christian community is a group closely knit in both purpose and proximity. Within that closeness, however, individuals represent viewpoints that are diverse, and at times contradictory. Still, we are all bound together in our goal of sharing with others the good news of Jesus Christ. We are also drawn together for the common purpose of providing a quality Christian educational program to shape tomorrow’s leaders.
Living and working in this environment can be exciting and stimulating, but it also has the potential to be frustrating and divisive. We believe that we can keep our relationships positive and healthy by close adherence to what Christ describes as the greatest commandments; that we love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves. Loving our neighbor in this context means respecting each other as worthy individuals, appreciating and understanding our differences, and listening and learning from each other.
Staff members and those who represent Rosslyn Academy work in partnership with parents in the great responsibility of molding young lives. Because of the closeness of our community, many of our actions are seen and/or heard. Rosslyn seeks staff, volunteers and substitutes who are prepared to provide a positive role model for the students and their families. Staff, substitutes and volunteers should be sensitive to local cultural understandings as it relates to our effective witness in the community.
One of the most critical aspects of our lives, which may impact the effectiveness of our witness to others, is how we relate with people around us. Respecting, supporting and encouraging each other will display God’s love. We expect families to demonstrate authentic love and respect between spouses, and in parenting children.
In addition, we believe God calls us to a life of sexual purity. Because sexual purity begins with purity of heart and mind, any use of pornography is inconsistent with this call. Furthermore, we understand Biblical teaching on God’s design for human sexuality to mean abstinence before marriage, and monogamous, heterosexual, marital relations.
Rosslyn Academy expects all staff, substitutes, and volunteers to provide a positive role model and to treat their bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit. The issue of substance abuse among young people is a major concern of this institution. Staff, substitutes, and volunteers, as Christian models, are to refrain from the use of tobacco and harmful or illegal drugs. They are to exercise extreme caution as to any use of alcoholic beverages following the spirit of I Corinthians 8:9 “But take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”
Our aim to honor Christ, to live well within community, to be culturally sensitive, and to be Christ-like role models for our students and the community at large, includes our “on-line” life. Staff social media postings and other public online self-representations are expected to be consistent with the school’s “Core Tenets”.
In summary, we ask that staff, substitutes, and volunteers commit to live a Christ-like life, ‘for it is God who works in them to will and act according to His good purpose’. (Phil. 2:13 NIV)
Rosslyn is rightly proud of the strong sense of professionalism within its staff. Our catch phrase is that we serve with ‘the hearts of missionaries and the excellence expected of professionals.’ This includes a deep commitment to excellence in the classroom and other professional tasks, a desire to continually grow in one’s calling, and a spirit of collaboration and teamwork. To accomplish all that we do as a holistic learning community, we also ask our teachers and administrators to be involved in a limited number of tasks outside of their typical job description. These include the equivalent of two weekend days worth of work per year in support of a Rosslyn extracurricular program (e.g. being a timer at a swim meet, helping to run a soccer tournament, acting as a photographer for significant school events, etc.); and limited a few other duties (such as three days of ‘after school bus duty per year).
The Motivation to Serve:
While we provide modest compensation for our staff, our hope and expectation is that all who seek to join Rosslyn Academy are motivated primarily by a sense of God’s calling to be a part of the mission and vision of the school. This sense of mission and common purpose is one of the reasons Rosslyn consistently attracts and keeps exceptional staff – professionals who correctly see service at Rosslyn as an unique opportunity to influence the next generation of global leaders.