HERITAGE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Distinctively Christian and Biblically Based
Daily Bible Classes
Role Model Impact
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. III John 1:4
We believe that there are three defining characteristics of a biblically based, distinctively Christian education:
Role Model Impact
This refers to the morality, integrity, character and spiritual condition of the people involved in the school and particularly of the administration and faculty. For HCA to describe itself as "Christian," it must be staffed with people who themselves are distinctively "Christian."
By this we mean people who are beyond question born-again Believers and know that their personal lives and the daily quality of their relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ will affect students for generations to come. They study and use the scriptures as their guide for life, their source for wisdom and strength, and the standard by which all things must be judged. In short, these must be people who have internalized the Word of God and have allowed the grace of God to produce a living curriculum within them that is evident to all.
This is the blending of biblical principles and scripture with traditional subject areas. It is one of the tools with which distinctively Christian people create a truly Christian, truly biblical, Christian school. Within all disciplines, subject areas, and activities of the school, there are elements that can point students in the direction of their Savior and Creator. The task of the Christian school teacher is to help students discover those elements by integrating applicable scriptures and scriptural principles with what they are learning in math, science, literature, athletics, fine arts, and indeed all subjects and activities of the school. In order for students to develop a Christian worldview (and in order for an education to be considered Christian) all subjects must be taught, not only by Christians, but from an integrated Christian frame of reference.
This is the process whereby the values and beliefs of one generation are continually placed before, and directly taught to, the next generation. An education that purports to name the name of Christ must disciple students by directly involving them with the Word of God and placing before them who the Word of God calls them to "be" and what that Word calls them to "do" in their daily lives.
Through discipleship we endeavor to create a foundation of a thorough knowledge of the Bible in order to bring about development of character and lifestyle consistent with that knowledge. The school’s endeavor takes the form of opportunities: Bible class, chapel, community service, mission trips, staff relationships, and positive peer relationships. All of these venues provide students with the opportunity to acquire a thorough knowledge of the Bible and make decisions that shape who they are in Christ today and for the rest of their lives.
- Through role model impact we provide students with the developmental influence that can only come from mature, born again Christian adults.
- Through Biblical integration we want students to discover the hand, heart, and mind of Christ throughout the universe of creation and thought.
- Through discipleship we endeavor to create a foundational knowledge of the Bible and a lifestyle consistent with God's Word