The Extend program is grounded in the historic Reformed faith, which recognizes God’s activity as a covenant-maker throughout history. Beginning in the book of Genesis, God used covenant agreements to frame and describe his relationship with his people. In the Bible, God promises to bless and care for his people, down through the generations, to children and children’s children (Acts 2:39). In return, the people promise to obey God’s commandments and train their children to walk in his ways.
Even today, God uses family lines to pass along knowledge of Himself and how we can live in relationship with Him. Because they are born into the covenant, children of believers are set apart for God (I Corinthians 7:14) and must be taught his ways so they can ultimately claim this faith for their own.
The concept of covenant has important ramifications for Christian education. Some people view a Christian school as a place to take shelter from the world or hide out from harsh realities that might exist in a public school setting. Others see it as an environment that supports positive behavior and moral choices. Viewed within the framework of the covenant, however, the task of a Christian school is much more than either of these. The Christian school is an extension of the home and church, passing along the truths of the covenant to the next generation.
Covenantal education must never be limited to the academically elite; it must make the benefits of Christian education available to covenant children of various ability levels. Although there are situations in which a student’s needs are such that they cannot be met in a regular school setting, Extend makes it possible for students from a broad spectrum of ability levels to receive a Christian education. A classroom that includes diverse learners creates an enriched community for all. In keeping with the directive of Galatians 6:2, the Denver Christian community strives to “bear one another’s burdens” by providing the services of Extend without additional tuition cost to families.