Bethel Christian Academy is dedicated to the practice and dissemination of the truth as it is revealed in the Old and New Testaments. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." (John 14:16) The spirit of this age is relativistic and post modern, believing in no absolutes, no universal overarching truth that applies to all men, in all places at all times. We stand firmly against this position and seek to train the upcoming generation of Christian students the importance and validity of truth while seeking to instill in them the courage, passion, and grace to live and defend that truth throughout their lifetime (1 Chronicles 12:32) Because ideas have consequences, the Christian student must be taught to recognize and refute error whenever it is encountered. Christian students should also be at the forefront of all academic endeavors, seeking to apply Biblical knowledge is the work of many years and is only accomplished with great determination. The stakes are high, for it has often been said, the battle rages for the hearts and minds of men. (1 Peter 5:8)
Truth brings light, and with light comes understanding. Only when one has been converted by grace can one accurately see the world about him (2 Corinthians 4:3-6). The fall of man brought defilement into every aspect of his being. Without Christ, understanding the world about us is impossible (Philippians 1:9-10). With Christ and His truth to guide us, the world in all of its aspects becomes intelligible. Every subject, topic, and concept taught at this school will be under the authority of the inerrant, infallible Word of God. (1 Timothy 3:16)
We at Bethel Christian Academy see ourselves standing in a long line of Christians who have gone before us in demonstrating the way we should prepare the coming generations to take their place in the world. Had it not been for the determination and sacrifice of others, we would not have the opportunity or freedom we have today. (Jeremiah 6:16) The first schools in America were held in the homes of churched or under their authority. We believe this is where the education of Christian children should stay. (Proverbs 22:6) We acknowledge the authority of the parents, for it was to them that God gave the responsibility and command to teach and train their children. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) With this in mind we offer to help accomplish this mandate by forming a partnership with them so they they can be confident knowing that we are reinforcing the teaching they receive at church and at home. The bible teaches that a three-fold cord, in this case: the home, church, and school, is not easily broken.
We believe that the world God made is infinitely interesting and worth studying. In our attempt to love God with all of our mind (Matthew 22:37) we will try to instill a love of learning in our students. All truth is God's truth and brings great reward to those engaged in the process of understanding and applying it.
The faculty and staff at Bethel Christian Academy are born-again Christians with a love for young people and a desire to serve the Lord through their profession. (Titus 2:7-8) It would be impossible for a person without these credentials to adequately teach out students. Our Board of Directors is chosen with these same criteria in mind because the Bible teaches "how can two walk together except that they agree?" (Amos 3:3)
Students need more than intellectual training, though intellectual training is important, because we are more than simply intellectual beings. The social, emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of each child are a part of our concern and attention. Our teachers attempt to provide worthy examples for their instruction as well as solid teaching. The classroom environment is both loving and nurturing, but individual responsibility and accountability is also stressed.
We strive towards these goals with our graduating students:
- Students who have realized all of their God-given potential in every area of study.
- Students who display Christ-like character.
- Students who have a fully developed Christian worldview.
- Students who get along well with others, who believe in the dignity of people and who respect authority.
- Students who are prepared to meet the academic requirements of higher education.
- Students who feel a sense of mission for the world they inhabit.