Our Mission is to provide a distinctive, Christ-centered, education intentionally designed to cultivate a purpose-filled life in the service of God and man.
We love it at Open Door. My child loves the school and the teachers. For the first time he tells me what he has learned that day. He also enjoys asking me biblical questions to see if I know the answers. I love it! I couldn't believe he was memorizing Psalms for school. After only two weeks, he told me he actually looks forward to school. I love that God is the center of the school and everything they teach. What a beautiful breath of fresh air!
ODCS believes a well-rounded education can only be accomplished by teaching students that God encompasses every aspect of life. This biblical worldview helps them see the world as God sees the world and enables them to reclaim the world for Christ.
The educational process is seen as a tool used by the Holy Spirit to bring the student into a right relationship with God, produce God’s wisdom in him, and equip him to fulfill God’s purpose for his life.
As the student participates in this process, he should begin to expand his understanding of his own abilities, skills, and character qualities. The student should see himself as an integral and important part of his family, school, church, and society. The establishing of life goals and careers should be an outgrowth of a strong spiritual and academic foundation.
This process should involve parents and teachers who demonstrate the power of Christ to transform lives. By delegated parental authority, Open Door Christian School is a partner in training and educating children.
Open Door Christian School (ODCS), originally Frist Street Christian School, was founded in 1986 by Linda Pippin. Mrs. Pippin started the school to meet a need of teaching her young daughter through a biblical perspective and never intended for it to be more than a one room classroom; however, God had another plan.
As the small school continued to grow and the board faithfully prayed over it, the words “open door” kept being uttered. In 1989 the school’s name changed to Open Door Christian School.
In August of 2000, Open Door Christian School became an official ministry of Oak Street Baptist Church due to the vision and God’s guidance of those on the long-range planning committee.
Open Door did not grow without experiencing many obstacles and adversities that shut the doors of most Christian Schools. Yet, God’s favor is with the school and its doors remain open.
Open Door Christian School is a ministry of Oak Street Baptist Church (OSBC). Below is a statement of beliefs from OSBC:
Our foundational beliefs include but are not limited to:
A. The Bible is the infallible and inspired Word of God. God is its author and it is truth without any mixture of error. Its intended purpose is to reveal God’s plan of redemption and salvation for mankind through His Son, Jesus Christ.
B. God is the Supreme Creator, Redeemer, and Ruler of the universe. He is the eternal, triune God – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
C. Jesus Christ, God’s Son and God the Son, fully God and fully man, was born of a virgin, lived a perfect, sinless life died on a cross for the sins of mankind, rose from the dead on the third day, and ascended to heaven where He lives and makes intercession for His bride, the Church. Salvation for every human being is found only in trusting the person of Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. One day, Christ will return for all who belong to Him.
D. The Holy Spirit is the invisible presence of God who convicts of sin and calls people to Christ. He lives in every true believer and gives power to live the victorious Christian life.
E. The Church includes all the redeemed of all ages. The local church is an autonomous, self-governing body of believers – operating under the lordship of Christ through democratic processes. The pastor, elders, ministry staff, deacons, committees, ministry teams, and lay leaders are selected by the church body to lead the church.
F. Salvation is the grace-filled work of God to completely save a human being for Himself. It involves turning from sin to God and faith in Christ. Salvation includes the process of conversion, sanctification, and glorification.
G. Oak Street Baptist Church agrees with the doctrinal statements in The Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention, but considers the Bible as the ultimate document of faith and practice.