Staff Behavioral Expectations

In accordance with policy, all OCSI staff are expected to live a Christ-like lifestyle:

  • Statement of Faith: Staff have a “duty to maintain in all their relationships a standard of life and doctrine that is in conformity with the teaching of God’s Word.”
  • Philosophy Statement: Staff (the living curriculum) are Christians who model Biblical thinking and living, build Christ-centered community, focus on OCSI’s mission, empower others, use best practice, and grow professionally.
    • Staff (the living curriculum) are Christians: John 3:16, John 14:6, John 15:5, Acts 16:30-31, Ephesians 2:1-22
    • Model Biblical thinking: Romans 12:2. All staff work within the framework of a Christian worldview and from the perspective of the Word of God.
    • Model Biblical…living: Deuteronomy 11:18-21, Exodus 20:1-17, Jeremiah 29:7, Matthew 5:3-16, Matthew 5:28, Matthew 18:6, Matthew 19:4-6, Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 17:1-2, John 15:5, Romans 1:24-27, Romans 13:1-7, Romans 13:14, Ephesians 4:32, Ephesians 5:3-5, Ephesians 6:18-19, 1 Corinthians 13, Galatians 5:22-23, Philippians 4:4-7, Colossians 3:10-14, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Timothy 2:1-3, Hebrews 13:4, 1 John 2:16, 1 Peter 2:5
    • Build Christ-centered community: Matthew 22:39, 1 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 4:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 1 Peter 2:9. A Christ-centered community is a connected, caring, collaborative, like-minded group of people who keep Christ at the center of everything.
    • Focus on OCSI’s mission: Nehemiah 2:17-18, Ezra 4:1-3, Hebrews 12:1-3. We pursue our God- given mission, actively using it to guide our work.
    • Empower: James 1:19, Philippians 2:3-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 10:24. We affirm others and unleash the gifts God has given them.
    • Others: includes current and former students, current and former parents, current and former staff, board members, and donors.
    • Use best practice: Exodus 18:13-26, Matthew 10:16b. We use Biblical principles and sound, current research and practice to carry out our work.
    • And grow professionally: In order to stay current on the latest research and information, staff should continue to educate themselves through professional growth and development.
  • Council Statement on Marriage and Sexuality:
    • We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
    • We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
    • We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.
    • We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the GHOCS as a Christian school, and to provide a biblical role model to the students and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the GHOCS in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Council Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly.
    • We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
    • We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the policies of the GHOCS.

Staff are expected to refrain from:

  • Use of non-medically required drugs.
  • Physical and sexual abuse.
  • Smoking.
  • Suggestive forms of social dancing.
  • The appearance of impropriety and improprieties toward minors.
  • Excessive use of alcoholic beverages.
  • Use of profane or vulgar language.
  • Immodest dress.
  • Behavior not in keeping with OCSI’s statement of faith, mission, vision, philosophy, policies, and operational values (Christ-centered community, focus on mission, empowerment, best practice, and growth).
  • Any conduct explicitly forbidden in Scripture.
  • Violating government law.

OCSI’s staff behavioral expectations do not end at the edge of campus, nor are they limited to when school is in session:

  • Those who consider this intrusive are unlikely to thrive at OCSI.
  • If you have questions about a particular lifestyle or behavior, we welcome you to talk with us.