Spiritual Life

Spiritual Leadership 

All GCA faculty and staff are called upon to be spiritual leaders. Classroom teachers are especially called to this role. Teachers integrate biblical principles and teach from a Christian worldview, but they also model the Christian life. All GCA faculty and staff are committed Jesus followers who are growing daily through spiritual disciplines such as Bible reading, prayer, worship, involvement with a local church, etc. GCA leadership and GCC staff is also committed to support and foster this growth within faculty, staff, students, and families.  
 

Spiritual Disciplines 

Students are given the opportunity to participate in the development of spiritual disciplines such as prayer, bible reading, worship, journaling, etc. as appropriate for their grade level. Teachers at GCA model these disciplines out of an overflow from their own lives.  
 

Chapel and Worship 

Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. – 1 Chronicles 16:24  

 All students and faculty attend weekly chapel services, usually held on Wednesday mornings. Chapel services are designed to give students and faculty an opportunity to corporately worship God and learn from His Word through teaching, music, prayer, service, drama, and other spiritual disciplines. Different chapel services occur based on grade level to ensure age-appropriate ministry. Students are given the opportunity to lead in chapel in various capacities throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged and invited to attend chapel.

GCA On Mission – Missions and Service 

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. – 1 Chronicles 16:24 

GCA On Mission encompasses everything we do to bring the light of the gospel and the love of Jesus to those around us. The goal of GCA on Mission is to love God, serve others, and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. As we proclaim the gospel, we teach our students care and compassion through service projects, local outreach, global missions, and general awareness. GCA on Mission is emphasized in chapel the first Wednesday of every month. This time allows for updates concerning our local and global partners, the collection a GCA on Mission offering, and an opportunity to celebrate. GCA students partner with local and global organizations to accomplish this mission.

Mentoring and Discipleship 

Students are given the opportunity to be mentored and discipled in many areas within the ministry of GCA. Classroom teachers, chapel speakers, bible study leaders, athletic coaches, club leaders, etc. all serve as spiritual mentors that are committed to discipling the students within their care. Students are also given the opportunity to lead other students within these areas.  
 

Biblical Integration 

Students are taught to see the world through the lens of God’s Word. While biblical integration can take many forms depending on the subject matter, teaching from a Christian worldview forms the foundation. It is also something that is both intentionally planned and organically occurs when approaching each subject from a Christian worldview.  
 

Bibles in the Classroom 

Teachers and students use the Bible daily to support class standards and biblical integration. Each K-8 student is required to purchase a Bible through GCA. This allows for consistency in the classroom. The exact Bible for each grade level is provided on the supply list for that grade level.  
 

Prayer in the Classroom 

Grace Covenant Academy believes in prayer in the classroom, and each teacher has the privilege and responsibility of conducting prayer with the class. Students are also encouraged to develop a personal prayer life by utilizing personal prayer journals and being given various opportunities throughout the day to pray. We also ask that our families and community commit to praying for GCA and its mission.

CORE VALUES

We encourage students to adhere to a code of conduct not only for their own benefit, but for the benefit of others as well. Our aim is to acknowledge and encourage positive behavior and not focus only on the negative in our behavior. For that reason, GCA students are taught and encouraged to follow these core values:

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Honor God

Genesis 1:27

Each person is made in the image of God and it honors God when we treat others with kindness and love.

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Be Respectful

Philippians 2:3-4

Everyone that is a part of the GCA community is expected to show respect for others as well as their property and ideas, inside and outside the classroom.

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Be Responsible

Mark 12:31

All people are accountable to God and He holds each person responsible for their actions and words. We desire to see students not only take responsibility for themselves, but also look out for others.

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Do Your Best

1 Corinthians 10:31

It brings honor and glory to God when students do their best, not only in their academics but also in the way they interact with others.