“For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
Discipling students in Spiritual Life happens purposefully each and every day at Horizon Prep, in every place and situation the students experience, whether it's the classroom, the playground, or the sports field.
Our goal is to prepare a generation of students ready for a life of opportunity and service to the glory of God. This is done in the following ways:
- Everything we do is with the intent to glorify God. We glorify God by knowing Him and obeying Him. We teach all subjects - science, English, mathematics, Latin, etc., so we can learn more about God and His creation. We teach History because it shows His work throughout time. In all that we learn in creation, we are learning more about our Creator because by Him and from Him all things were made. So to answer the age old students' question, “why do I need to know this?” we would say one reason is we learn more about God by learning about His creation. The teachers at Horizon Prep strive daily to point students to Jesus through their relationships and teaching.
- All curriculum has been developed from a Christ-centered worldview. We start with Christ and add subject matter, not the opposite.
- Students participate in weekly chapel, discipleship groups (5th grade and up), twice weekly Praise and Worship (K-5th), in addition to formal Bible instruction at all grade levels, daily prayer, and scripture memorization and recitation.
- High School students have a daily time of Bible reading and reflection.
- The God Project:
- Over their high school career, HP students read through the Bible, Genesis to Revelation, searching to understand God the Father, Jesus His Son, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible's instructions for living. The students are required to give a personal reflection on their understanding and finish each year with a paper and presentation in front of their peers.
- Fall Camp and Retreat:
- Each year, in the first few weeks of school, the middle school and high school students attend camps up in the local mountains. The purpose of this time is to kickstart the year by 1) focusing and reorienting our hearts towards the Lord, and 2) to build relationships with each other. Then, upon returning to school, we can build upon that foundation as we head into the school year.
- Community Service:
- James 2:18 says, “Show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” We strive to have this expectation not be a "box that needs to be checked,” but a living out and application of the students’ faith. We structure the service expectations around Acts 1:8b, “you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Students at all grade levels have an opportunity to serve others, both as a school, class, and individually. Community service is required of 6th-12th grade students.
- Biblically-based student accountability (i.e., discipline) system
- Staff are actively engaged in challenging devotionals, small group Bible study, and corporate worship at Horizon Christian Fellowship.