As a Christian institution it is not enough to attain excellence in the academic arena; a Christian worldview must be applied to those learned concepts before it can take hold in the students’ lives and impact the culture for Christ.  The teaching staff introduces the students to Christ and His redeeming power, disciples those who have made commitments, and strives to help students apply their faith in everyday life.  Although specific times are scheduled for this – Bible class, Chapel, and service projects – Biblical principles are integrated into class times and discussions of all subjects. They can also be seen within the context of discipline, through coaching of athletics, in the development of student talents in the area of the fine arts, in high school career exploration, and in all areas of instruction including personal finance and technology.  Student-generated questions and comments can also result in “teachable moments” when least expected.

GCA believes that students who love and respect the Lord and form a personal relationship with Him, not only gain an eternal reward but also experience abundant life.  When one’s faith is applied to daily living, the internal result is joy, contentment, and peace; the external benefit is that many of the pitfalls resulting from poor choices are avoided.  God’s word teaches “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22).  The application of spiritual formation and the ongoing discipleship of students work hand-in-hand with the academics as students grow in all areas:  intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional, and social.