Jesus said at the Sermon on the Mount “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV). At Strong Rock Christian School, we teach the Great Commission with an emphasis on service ministry, small groups, Journey Groups and mentorships.
Historically our 6th through 12th graders have participated in “Small Groups” several times a year. The groups meet to discuss pertinent topics concerning a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ.
This year, Strong Rock is adding grades 3, 4, and 5 to the “Small Group” design. We are calling this new addition, Journey Groups, prayerfully giving each child a deeper understanding in their journey as they learn about Jesus Christ. Second Timothy 2:15 says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” It is the desire of Strong Rock for each student to have a strong foundation concerning the Word of God. During the Journey lessons, the children will be learning Biblical truths such as “The Attributes of God”, “Why Study the Bible?” and “What is Faith? Why do we need Faith?”.
Each group is led by 11th and 12th grade students. The female students will always stay in their classrooms along with their teacher and female leaders. The male students will meet in the lunchroom by class with their male leaders and adult male supervision from the Strong Rock staff. The lessons are written by either Stacey Barnes or Amory Burdett. Prior to each Journey Group meeting, the 11th and 12th grade students will meet with Stacey Barnes and Amory Burdett to be trained for the upcoming lesson and be given a copy of the lesson to study before they meet with the children. The Journey Group lasts approximately 50 minutes. This year, the Journey Groups will meet five times.
What Is A Small Group?
A Small Group
- is an intentional gathering of Academy and High School students learning to grow in their faith and understand the truths of God’s Word.
- is led by a Strong Rock staff member or local pastor who is committed to helping our students grow in their love for God and obedience to His Word.
- meets regularly. We meet once a month on a Tuesday in lieu of Chapel.
- meets for the purpose of discipleship. Small groups are centered around God’s Word and offers depth, intimacy in studying the Scriptures, and accountability for our students as they grow in maturing their faith in Jesus.
All academy and high school students are required to complete six hours of service ministry each semester of school. Students work individually, in small groups, or as a class depending on the scope and complexity of the project.
High School students may earn and receive The Service Ministry Pin at graduation by completing a minimum of 24 hours of Christ-like servant leadership/ministry service each year of high school.
· Service ministry hours may be earned at any time outside the normal school day.
· Allow 10 hours per day for International Mission trips excluding travel days. (Example: Haiti Mission trip 3/25–4/1 = 6 days of service= 60 hours)
· Great Day of Service cannot be counted toward service ministry hours.
Why We Do Service Ministry Projects?
Service ministry projects are based on the following biblical foundation:
Be the hands and feet of Christ from God’s perspective
- Mercy to the poor (Proverbs 21:13, 28:27; Isaiah 58:10)
- Justice for the oppressed (Psalm 82:3; Isaiah 1:17)
- Love for all nations (Genesis 12:3; Luke 24:45-47; Revelation 5:9; 7:9; Psalms 2:8, 67:1-7, 96:3)
Students are taught to focus on doing compassionate acts of service and on forming relationships with people.
Students are asked the following reflection questions:
- How did this project benefit you?
- How did this service benefit someone else?
- How did this change your perspective on serving?
- How will you serve in the future?
- How did this service demonstrate Biblical truths?