Upper School Spiritual Formations and STEM Teacher
Get to know Upper School Spiritual Formations and STEM teacher Rick Moffett! Students appreciate Mr. Moffett for his passion for Scripture and desire to make a positive impact on his students.
What classes and grade level(s) do you teach?
I teach STEM Connections, 9th Grade Foundations, 11th Grade Worldviews.
What do you love most about CLS?
Christian Life encourages not just solid academics and a wholesome community, but also a stronger, more personal relationship with God. I love teaching Bible to younger, newer believers because they can see how the love of Christ should be modeled in their school and family but more importantly in themselves. I really love teaching students who already have some background – when they look at Scripture they already “know” and say: “I never saw that before!” And they are as amazed at what the Bible contains as I am. It is exciting to teach where God’s word is not just studied but believed!
Why do you like teaching at CLS?
CLS has a culture where change is embraced. If we make a change and it works, great. If it didn’t work, let’s try something else. I have seen many positive changes in how students are taught since I have been here – I look forward to what the future holds!
How are faith and learning integrated at CLS?
This kind of a trick question for a Bible teacher. My role is to make sure the head knowledge connects with the heart attitude – the Outer needs to be reflected and reinforced from the Inner. Spiritual Formations classes at CLS educate students not only in Biblical principles but also in Godly living.
In all my classes, I look at Christian doctrine first and then how that doctrine compares with and applies to alternate Worldviews including Islam & secular humanism. The Bible provides the foundation for our belief and is the lens through which we need to see and understand the world. A worldview must answer two questions: 1) What is God? and 2) What does it mean to be human? The answer to these questions determines everything else we do and think is good. It applies to religion, evil, salvation, right and wrong, origins, culture and how we live. Christian students need to be prepared to become godly tax payers, voters, employees, parents, etc.
How do you make a spiritual impact on your students?
My prayer is that the Holy Spirit make my passion for God’s Word and what it says about our relationship to the Savior real in their lives. I want them as excited as I am about their relationship with Christ.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I was raised as an evolutionist, agnostic. Because of my background, I have experience from the enemy’s side as I teach Worldviews and Apologetics. My students know what I now believe and more importantly, why I believe what I know to be the truth.
What sets CLS students apart from other students?
I began my teaching career in a local public school system. The typical CLS student is more respectful, harder working, with a broader range of interests than any others I have experienced. I enjoy coming to CLS to teach because the students are enjoyable to be around. We work hard and have high expectations of each other, but we also have fun learning together.