The vision of Mt. Bethel Christian Academy is to be a premier developer of highly successful, Christ-centered, servant leaders of tomorrow. To help with that, we offer many ministry opportunities for students.
Lower School: All students participate in foundational daily Bible instruction. Through age-appropriate instruction, Bible time explores the narrative of the old and new testaments to understand Biblical truth, characteristics of God, and life application. Students also participate in scripture memorization and prayer. Biblical truths continue to be integrated throughout the day to inspire and empower our students.
Middle and Upper Schools: MBCA's Bible program builds a foundation for spiritual growth through both academic and personal engagement with the Bible and theological issues over the course of their time at MBCA. We start in sixth grade with the Old Testament, seventh grade with the New Testament, and then move to Logic and Apologetics in eighth grade. The Upper School classes continue to build on this foundation with a deeper exploration of the Old Testament in ninth grade, New Testament in tenth grade, Worldview and world religions in eleventh grade, and finally Ethics and Apologetics in the twelfth grade. Students build a strong foundation in understanding the Bible, and from there begin asking questions about how to apply these biblical truths to their lives.
Lower School: Each week, students in grades JK-5th Grade gather for a dynamic time of corporate worship and spiritual growth. Within each Chapel, students and teachers enjoy worshiping through music and song, prayer, and Bible instruction. A variety of speakers from the MBCA community engage students in Christ-centered learning related to the annual theme. The Chapel theme for 2022-2023 is the Fruit of the Spirit.
Middle School: Each week, Middle School students participate in gender-based Chapel sessions and Small Group environments. This gives the ability to have gender-specific topics that are relatable and developmentally appropriate for adolescents. When entering Middle School, students are placed in a small group with a same-gendered faculty leader and will remain with the same group all three years. These activities take place during our Enrichment Block on Wednesdays.
DANIEL (Developing and Nurturing Influential Educated Leaders) is a leadership development program for Upper School students and every student is encouraged to participate. This program was made for students to develop leadership and collaborate with adults and peers. Students have the opportunity at the beginning of each school year to select an area of leadership that they would like to participate in based on their interest. Students can choose from Student Ambassadors, Student Government, Chapel Worship, Honor Council, National Honor Society, and Retreat Leaders. As a part of this program, the students are required to complete and extra ten hours of service in order to graduate.
Upper School mission trips are designed so that our students get to serve and grow together while interacting with others throughout the world. Every year we go to Puerto Rico so that our students get a feel for overseas missions. We also do a local mission trip to help students recognize the need that is in their own backyard. No matter where we go, students volunteer to step into their calling as followers of Jesus, mature and grow in faith together, and learn to see the image of God in every person. This means meeting tangible needs in different communities and building meaningful relationships with people of different backgrounds and cultures.
Middle School Retreat: If you look up the word "retreat" in the dictionary, you will get a variety of definitions to consider. Whether verb or noun, this term can change the direction of a sentence in a single word. It is a powerful term that we take very seriously in the Middle School, and we do so only weeks into the school year. Relationships. Bonding. Spiritual emphasis. These are at the core of who we are in these middle years of tremendous personal and academic growth.
We begin the first weeks of school traveling off for our annual retreat to Woodlands Camp in Cleveland, Georgia. In this case, we lean into the description of retreat that refers to a quiet, secluded place in which one can rest and relax. Furthermore, we enjoy the additional meaning which speaks to a time for prayer. Stripped away from the confines of schedules and expectations, we are free to play, relax, fellowship, and pray with one another both students and faculty alike. It is an invaluable time away that affords us the opportunity to establish relationships, plant spiritual seeds, and grow this next generation of young leaders.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club (FCA): A weekly peer-led meeting of student athletes of any kind coming together to hear from guest speakers, study the Bible, and have fellowship with one another.