In 1983, the founding pastor of Christian Fellowship Church, Dr. J. T. Parish, felt impressed to open a school where students could be educated, not only academically, but spiritually as well. With lots of painstaking research and labor, the doors of Christian Fellowship School opened in August of 1984, serving over 50 students that first year.
Parents were impressed with the school in the first year of operation and applications started flowing in. The second school year welcomed 47 additional students, nearly doubling enrollment. Enrollment totaled 135 students in our third year.
In July 1988, Christian Fellowship School became fully accredited by the International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA). CFS had become a quality school with high academics while maintaining a spiritual and moral impact on the students. CFS was accredited by the South Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in December, 2004, and is further certified as a fully-accredited school by the State of Kentucky through the Kentucky Non-Public School Commission.
Christian Fellowship School was honored in 1995 with two awards: School of the Year and Superintendent of the Year, based on the overall success of the school, stability, growth, program results, academics, spiritual impact and reputation in the community. In 2003, CFS was one of three ICAA schools chosen to help develop and pilot a new ICAA School Improvement process.
Athletically, Christian Fellowship School competes with area public schools in various sports. In fact, the CFS girls’ volleyball team won the district and regional championships in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005, going on to compete in the state tournament in Frankfort. In the 2004-2005 season. The team placed fourth in the state at the state tournament, becoming the first team west of Elizabethtown to do so.
Our Philosophy of Christian Education
Christian Fellowship School exists to assist parents in fulfilling their divine responsibilities to give their children a quality, Christ-centered education (Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4). As a distinctly Christian institution of learning, Christian Fellowship School approaches education from a theistic rather than a humanistic standpoint. In a day of vacillation and conflict between opposing values and ideals, we unreservedly acknowledge the ultimate authority of God as He reveals Himself through the inerrant Holy Scriptures (Heb. 1:1-2) and the coordinate work of the Holy Spirit in the believer (1 Cor. 2:12-13). Our educational philosophy, therefore, is based on a God-centered view of truth and man as presented in the Bible.
Since truth is absolute and has been revealed by God unto man through His Word (John
17:17), that truth, as revealed, takes priority over man's reason. Christ is the source of all truth (John 14:6). Therefore, truth cannot be fully learned apart from the Word of God and Jesus Christ (Col. 1:17). Every subject, whether scientific, historical, mathematical, literary, or artistic, must be taught from a Biblical perspective and with the consciousness that Jesus Christ is central to all living and learning.
The student must be developed as a whole person, spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially (1 Thess. 5:23). He must be educated as an individual endowed by God with unique personality traits and abilities. There must, therefore, be a positive and sustained correlation between the educational process and the student's developmental progress (Luke 2:40, 52; 1 Cor. 13:11). There must be positive interaction between the student and his teachers and parents who themselves are born-again and share this philosophy of life, thus providing the student with sound role models he can look unto as a pattern (Luke 6:40).
The authority for such education comes both from God's command that children be taught to love God and place Him first in their lives and from the fact that parents are ultimately responsible for the total education and training of their children (Deut. 6:5-7). At the parents' request, CFS, along with the parents’ home church, becomes a partner in giving this unique education.