Mission & Philosophy
GlenHaven Academy is a ministry of GlenHaven Church and is under the authority of GlenHaven Church’s Session. The Academy belongs, humanly speaking, to the church. Supervisors and other staff are employees of the church.
“In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever” (2 Peter 3:18).
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
1. MISSION STATEMENT: In partnership with parents, our mission is to provide a quality education based on Biblical principles that will academically prepare, develop, and equip our students to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. CORE VAULES:
Excellence - We are committed to provide a curriculum that is academically rigorous and based on God’s Word.
Critical Thinking – We desire to teach and lead our students into a lifetime of truth seeking. They will use their God- given skills to examine, research, and communicate truth.
Christian Service - We desire to create an atmosphere where Christian service is developed and expected. Staff, students, and parents will be given opportunities to serve each other and our community.
Integrity - We will strive to model Christ-like integrity in our interactions with each other.
Character - We hope to help instill godly character traits into each child, using Jesus as our example.
Affordability – We strive to keep our school affordable and available to families across the spectrum of socio-economic levels.
3. PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION:
We believe that Christian education is a vital link in the successful rearing of children. It is the desire of the staff and founders of GlenHaven Academy to work together with the family and their church in reinforcing high moral values and a Christian lifestyle, while providing an excellent education.
The people of GlenHaven Church and Academy believe that the home and church should work together to complement the school. This makes for a well-balanced Christian education. For this reason, we require all students to regularly attend and participate in a Christ-centered, Bible-preaching church.
GlenHaven Academy can never replace the significant spiritual impact of a godly home and church. The parents maintain the ultimate responsibility in training their children up in the Lord, but the school can assist them by including sound Biblical teaching and through the example and leadership of the faculty.
To educate and prepare for life without including God as central to life, does not fully prepare a child. The home, church, and school must work together to prepare children spiritually, morally, socially, and academically for their adult lives. The school’s primary responsibility is to provide the student with the necessary academic skills.
4. STATEMENT OF FAITH (EPC).
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these Essentials:
1. We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
2. Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
3. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
4. Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
5. The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
6. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth—personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
7. The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).