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John McArthur's church to launch 2 primary schools in the autumn

by Kelly Valencia

US pastor John McArthur has announced his church, Grace Community Church, will be launching two primary schools in California later this year. 

Speaking during The Shepherds Conference, an annual meeting for men in leadership, Pastor John said it was time for Christians to "get serious" about children's education. 

"We desperately have to capture this young generation," he said. 

"... You can't just throw them to the educational system. … I think parents are now saying, 'Look, we have a responsibility as parents; we can't just turn these kids over to anything.'"

The schools, named Grace Academy, will follow a hybrid model of part-private and part-home-school and will charge approximately $5,000 per student. 

Pastor John said his church decided to launch the schools as they couldn't expect all the Christian families in the church to send their children to public schools. 

"Public schools are dangerous. I mean, even in Florida, which is pretty good, there's a battle to keep teachers from teaching transgender stuff to kids in kindergarten," he said. 

"So we just decided we've got to start a school program, a hybrid home-school-resident deal and the people are so on board, and we have such human resources here, and [financially] people have stepped in on everything. 

"We're trying to make a difference as widely and broadly as we can, which is part of the think-biblically approach. We want to help people think biblically. It's the only safety; it's the only hope," Pastor John added. 

The schools' website describes the institution as a "Christ-centered academic community" and says some of its "impact goals" are to "cultivate a sound moral character in students, motivate in students a deep, abiding love for Christ and his word and provide an alternative to current public and private school educational models through a distinctively Christian, hybrid educational support program," among others. 

It's understood the schools will open on 6th September. 

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