At the South Charlotte Baptist Academy, Pastor Joseph Campbell strives to train up young people in all ministries to serve the lord.

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Today I'm joined by Pastor Joseph Campbell, the senior pastor of the South Charlotte Baptist Academy. As senior pastor, he takes the lead role in all the ministries of the church.

His vision for the South Charlotte Baptist Academy is to train up the young people who serve the Lord. He supports that vision from the pulpit ministry by way of preaching about Christian education and keeping the ministry of SCBA in front of their church family. He also meets regularly with the staff, teachers, and other pastors involved with the school ministry. Pastor Campbell has children in the academy himself, so you can find him stepping into the classrooms quite often to see how things are going and walking around campus to see what's needed. As the senior pastor, he finds it vitally important to stay involved.

In describing the foundation of SCBA, Pastor Campbell quotes 2 Peter 1:5: “Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge.” They first and foremost want to prompt their students to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and to form that foundation of faith in their life. Upon that foundation of faith, they seek to instill character, discipline, and self-control in that student's life. From there, they seek to establish knowledge and education.

According to Pastor Campbell, they differ from public schools in that public schools view education as the primary foundation, and it is from that foundation that they seek to instill character and a faith system. Biblically speaking, SCBA believes in starting with a faith foundation, building character from that, and then building knowledge.

In Pastor Campbell's view, a parent's role encompasses everything in the education of their children. For this principle, he references the sixth chapter of the book of Deuteronomy, where God gives the responsibility for training a child to mom and dad. SCBA doesn't seek to usurp that authority. As a school, church, and ministry, they're able to come alongside the parent and help them as they seek to raise their child.

A parent's role encompasses everything in the education of their child.

He believes that a parent should be actively involved in the education of their child. They should know their child's teacher, what goes on in that classroom, and what it is that their child is being taught. They should also seek to build a relationship with that teacher and communicate with them to the point where they can ask them what they should be doing as a parent at home to help their child excel in the classroom. At SBCA, the teachers welcome parent involvement in the education of their child and accept any help the parent is willing to offer.

In describing a good teacher, Pastor Campbell lists qualities such as knowing the Lord, accepting Jesus Christ as their savior, and a desire to help others have that same type of relationship with Jesus Christ. From there, upon that foundation, they should seek to help that child develop into the man or woman God has desired them to become. In addition, they must be able to master whatever course they might be teaching.

At SCBA, they practice the concept of ‘servant leadership.' This means that the best way they can lead a child is by serving that child in the classroom and helping them make their way to Jesus Christ. The way he makes sure his ministry is doing that is by having weekly staff meetings, observing the teachers in class, and sitting down with them as needed to help them have the best effect on the child that they can.

For more information about SCBA, you can visit their website at scbacademy.org, or you can give them a call at (704) 544-7323. The academy is also open throughout the week, so if you're a parent and want to see the campus or meet some of the teachers, they would be more than happy to give you a tour. The best time to do that is between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!