Educating the Next Generation

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

Few things are more strategic to the Church’s disciple-making mission than providing a high-quality Christian school where students learn from Christian teachers and mentors. By shaping how students think about God, themselves, and the world around them in their formative years, a Christian school education can play a significant role in developing people who can think biblically about the big ideas of the day.

The Ohio Christian Education Network (OCEN) and Center for Christian Virtue have a vision to help churches plant new Christian schools in every part of our state, leveraging existing facilities to keep startup and operating costs as low as possible. Our mission is to make a great Christian education geographically and financially accessible to every student in the state.

OCEN provides guidance and advice through the entire process, from start to finish, at no cost to your school. Our team has the expertise to help you navigate the legal and bureaucratic landscape, develop school operations, build a faculty, and market it. We want to help you establish a locally run school that is unique to the needs of your community. Simply complete the information form at the bottom of the page for a no-obligation consultation on the process of starting a Christian school.

Want to learn more about the impact a Christian school can have on your community? Take a moment to watch the story of Westside Christian School in Columbus:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

– Deuteronomy 6:5–7

Scriptural Foundation

God’s Word provides wisdom for Christians to consider about educating the next generation. Click below to view the biblical foundations for 14 principles that can guide and shape our thinking about the learning opportunities we provide to our children and communities.

Biblical Principles of Kingdom Education


OCEN has been a central support for us since the beginning of our work to launch. Their how-to manual for churches provided a framework for much of our plans, and we still refer to it to help us stay focused on the big picture tasks that are necessary to get across the finish line with our launch. We are deeply grateful for OCEN, and know that we likely wouldn’t have been able to make as much progress as we have to-date without them.

Gateway 2 Hope Christian Academy Launch Team

CCV’s team continues to be just a phone call away in answering questions or finding out answers, as well as receiving support from the leaders of OCEN member schools. What tops the list though is the prayer support I know we are receiving from the whole CCV organization. These new schools are the work of God and He is hearing and answering the prayers of His people.

School Plant Administrator


Suggested Reading

Biblical Worldview,
Josh Mulvihill

Kingdom Education,
by Glen Shultz

The Whole Truth,
by Mark Eckel

The Pattern of God’s Truth,
by Frank Gaebelein

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If you would like more information about starting a school in your church, complete the form below and a member of the Ohio Christian Education Network will contact you for a no-obligation consultation.

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