Christianity at SFS
Many people often question what exactly makes Seoul Foreign School a “Christian” school. People read the mission statement and see “Centered in Christ” and are confused as to exactly what that means. Some worry that SFS may be overly “Christian” and others feel that it is not “Christian” enough. SFS does not have weekly chapels; it is not affiliated with a particular denomination nor with a particular church; it does not teach core subjects like math and social studies from a Christian curriculum. SFS enrolls students from all religious backgrounds and welcomes them as integral members of our diverse community.
So, what exactly is “Christianity at SFS?” In a word it is “modeling.” What makes SFS “Christian” is its faculty. SFS seeks to hire only practicing Christians who are also exceptional and experienced teachers. Through the modeling of the faculty, students see first hand what Christianity is and what it is not. They learn how Christianity is lived. Our faculty come from a wide variety of denominations—Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and more—and thus SFS is a truly ecumenical community. Students are also taught about Christianity in religion classes and attend assemblies that focus on particular aspects of Christianity like Christmas and Easter. It is hoped that students come to understand what Christians believe, see how it is lived out in the lives of their teachers, and then feel free to draw their own conclusions. Essentially, when SFS claims to be “Centered in Christ,” it means that it is a community where the faculty and staff live, work, make decisions, and build relationships from central hope that all is done following the example of Christ himself.