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MACS Statement Of Understanding
MACS as a service organization, dedicated to the establishment, philosophy, and promotion of fundamental Christian education within the State, neither supports nor endorses the World Council of Churches, National Council of Churches, or any world, national, regional or local organizations which give Christian recognition to nonbelievers or advocate a multi-faith union or charismatic movement. It is understood that schools and colleges, and/or their sponsoring church or organization, or individuals, who do not hold the above position cannot be considered as candidates for membership.
 
Statement Of Faith

Each member of the Association shall subscribe to the following Statement of Faith:

  • We believe that the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, was given by inspiration of God, and is our only rule in matters of faith and practice.
  • We believe in creation, not evolution; that man was created by the direct act of God and in the image of God.
  • We believe that Adam and Eve, in yielding to the temptation of Satan, became fallen creatures. We believe that all men are born in sin.
  • We believe in the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth, and the Deity of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We believe in His vicarious and substitutional Atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of His blood on the cross. We believe in the resurrection of His body from the tomb, His ascension into Heaven, and that He is now our Advocate. We believe that He is personally coming again.
  • We believe in His power to save men from sin. We believe in the necessity of the New Birth, and that this New Birth is through the regeneration by the Holy Spirit. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, plus nothing--minus nothing, in the atoning blood of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that this statement of faith is a basis for Christian fellowship, and that all born-again men and women who sincerely accept it can and should live together in peace, and that it is their Christian duty to promote harmony among the members of the Body of Christ, who are walking separately from the world both in theory and in practice.
 
Policy Statement

The Minnesota Association of Christian Schools in striving to educate and develop students to their fullest potential while at the same time seeking to assist parents in fulfilling their obligation to teach and train their children in biblical patterns. While member schools recognize theological and doctrinal considerations, they do not discriminate in the admission of students, nor in the administration of policies and programs. Students are accepted without regard to race, gender, ethnic or national origin, social status or economic level.

 
Who Are We?

Minnesota Association of Christian Schools

The Minnesota Association of Christian Schools is the state chapter of the American Association of Christian Schools, and for over twenty-five years it has been the only state-wide voice for fundamental Christian schools in Minnesota. All member schools must agree with the MACS Purpose, Doctrinal Statement of Faith, and Philosophy of Education and pay the annual membership fee. Schools that join the MACS automatically become members of the AACS.

A school must agree not to be a member of or be associated with the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, the Charismatic Movement, the Ecumenical Movement, or the National Association of Evangelicals.

The general purpose of MACS is to aid in promoting, maintaining and improving the moral, spiritual and academic standards of Christian schools in the state of Minnesota. The association is also committed to combating those forces which would attempt to hinder or destroy the freedom of Christian schools to exist and flourish.

An Executive Committee has the authority to transact the affairs of the Association. The Executive Committee consists of the president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and three area (north, central, and south) representatives. The term of office of each Executive Committee member is for three years, with members able to succeed themselves if elected again. An Executive Director oversees the daily activities of the association.

The Minnesota Association is legally incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Minnesota.

American Association of Christian Schools

The American Association of Christian Schools is one of the leading organizations of Christian schools in the country. Founded in 1972, the AACS serves approximately 170,000 students enrolled in member schools throughout the United States and several foreign countries. The general purpose and objectives of the AACS are to aid in promoting, establishing, advancing, and developing Christian Schools.

National Office
602 Belvoir Avenue
East Ridge, TN 37412
Phone: (423) 629-4280
Fax: (423) 622-7461
Email: national@aacs.org

Washington Office
119 C. Street S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Phone: (202) 547-2991
Fax: (202) 547-2992

 
How Can I Join?

The process is simple. Just write the MACS office at 900 Forestview Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55441 or call 763-417-8240, ext. 351, and ask for a membership application, or click here to download an application. Please direct questions to Mr. Alan Hodak, MACS Executive Director.

Each school must sign the basic Doctrinal Statement of Faith before joining, after which the Executive Committee and membership votes to accept the school. The yearly dues consist of a small charge per student and school employee which covers membership both in the Association of Christian Schools and the parent organization, the American Association of Christian Schools.

 
Is It Worth The Cost?

The value of schools of like faith working together to maintain our freedoms cannot be measured. The MACS provides a strong, unified voice in Minnesota that is able to accomplish more together than any could do alone. Since 1974, the MACS has worked to build a positive relationship with state legislators, Governor's office, the State Board of Education, and other state departments to insure that our Christian philosophy of education is not restricted in any way.

Yes, it is worth the cost. We welcome all schools who share our philosophy and desire to see Christian schools grow and progress in Minnesota.

 
What Can the MACS Do For Me?

Through the State Office:

  • A state-wide fall Teachers' Convention
  • Academic, Fine Arts, Music, Speech & Bible Festivals
  • Bible Quizzing Competition
  • State-wide athletic organization
    - Boys soccer, basketball, baseball
    - Girls volleyball, basketball, softball
  • Legislative monitoring and state-wide phone tree
  • Annual Legislative Breakfast
  • Newsletter (Aug., Oct., Dec., Feb., April, June)
  • Free Consulting Service for schools' questions and needs.

Through the National Office:

  • National Academic and Fine Arts Tournaments
  • Conventions and Administrative Conferences
  • Full-time staff in Washington D.C. that monitors legislation and coordinates lobbying efforts
  • American Christian Honor Society
  • Voluntary Accreditation and Teach Certification program
  • Group Health Insurance - Retirement programs
  • National Achievement Testing program
  • National Teacher placement service
  • Educational publications: The AACS Newsletter, Washington D.C. Capital Comments, Parent Update
  • Publication of books and other support materials for Christian Schools
  • Consulting service and speakers' bureau
  • Free subscriptions of the Journal of Christian Educators for each teacher
  • Student Leadership Conferences
  • National Membership Directory
  • National Essay and Poetry Contest

Minnesota Association of Christian Schools . 900 Forestview Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55441. (763) 417-8240 . Fax: (763) 417-8242