Way of the Warrior
By Steve Dang, MDiv.
Chief Ministry Officer and Campus Pastor
A year ago, God brought me back to Valley Christian to serve as the Director of Alumni Ministries. As I traveled the country to meet and encourage our alums, I began seeing the impact of our community beyond “the Hill.”
I listened to your stories and hoped to gain insight, perspective, healing, and understanding as our community moves toward the future. As I walked onto campus every day from the yellow lot, I said the same prayer:
“Lord, help me love the person in front of me the same way you do.”
If you need a prayer that will change your life, this is it. It’s a dangerous prayer, changing attitudes, opinions, and making it impossible to stay the same. It’s a transformational prayer, a prayer turning every conversation into something sacred and filling every interaction with compassion. It creates enough pause to allow wisdom to interject. Ultimately, this prayer grew a vision in my heart for the whole Valley Christian community of K-12 students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and partnerships.
For more than sixty years, Valley has impacted over 9,500 students and their families. VCS, like any other human organization, is flawed, but the people and leadership here strive toward a primary mission: to point people to Jesus. The Quest for Excellence is how we accomplish God’s unique call on our community, but God’s kingdom mission through Valley is to reach Silicon Valley (and beyond) with the good news of Jesus, and we have seen evidence of it. We see God working - from student-led Bible studies cropping up on campus,alums pastoring churches in Colorado or China, parents raising the next generation with solid foundations rooted in faith, or a Sheik in the Middle East now reading through books of the Bible because of the impact of our community – God is working. I believe God wants to do more.
This year we launched an initiative to focus on building faith, character, and virtues for our students on their Quest for Excellence we call the Way of the Warrior. The Way of the Warrior is about four ethos:
Wisdom. The Warrior seeks to become wise on the journey of education (Proverbs 1:7).
Honor. The Warrior takes ownership over their attitude, actions, thoughts, and feelings today (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Courage. The Warrior knows resilience is indispensable (Proverbs 12:28).
Sacrifice. The Warrior seeks the heart and mindset of Christ with whomever, or whatever is in front of them (Philippians 2:2-8).
We believe these virtues are not only foundational for students but transformational for our community and what it means to be a Warrior. Imagine the impact of the Warrior community that demonstrates wisdom, honor, courage, and sacrifice in all thoughts, words, actions, and relationships. I believe the Way of the Warrior can change everything.
So may God fill our community with His Spirit to impact our school, families, neighborhoods, and workplaces with the good news of the Son, Jesus. With expectation, faith, hope, and love. Amen.