Over the last several months, through this newsletter, I have enjoyed sharing with you about what “Hartfield is…” We have covered important themes like ”Hartfield is growing” and we have described how “Hartfield is a family”. This month, I want to share the center of who Hartfield truly is- Distinctly Christian.
I recently heard my pastor reference our society’s penchant to desire God’s blessing, without living in obedience to his Word. America desires the benefits that come with giving God control without surrendering our own will. The result is a culture that is spiritually lukewarm, with a divided heart for the things of God.
Is it possible to have a great school, with all its academic, social, and extracurricular benefits, while still having an environment where Christ is the center of it all? It is a difficult challenge, but I can emphatically say that it is possible to be a college preparatory school AND be distinctly Christian. I am proud to say I see it every day in the halls of Hartfield.
Our task as Christian parents is to prepare our children to be released into fulfilling God’s plan for their lives. They will not always be surrounded and supported by an environment that reflects Biblical values. But when our kids see and hear us speaking in spiritual terms, the reality of their faith is strengthened enormously. I’m thankful to be a part of a school that not only teaches the truths of the Bible in an academic setting, but also has staff and faculty that mirror that in their interaction with our students. I have seen this in tangible ways even this past week. The examples are endless. I was a part of a group of teachers gathering with an anxious mom praying in the courtyard. I read email threads between staff and parents where God is getting the praise for an answered prayer in a health crisis. I observed a coach and principal balance grace and accountability during a tough discipline process I proudly saw student leaders use their God-given leadership abilities to plan a fun homecoming week full of activities for their classmates.
Our desire at Hartfield is to be undeniably different from a culture that is moving rapidly toward moral relativism, acceptance of sin as normal, and a cultural Christianity that lacks a relationship with Christ. My prayer is that we as a school will continue to step into these difficult trends and teach our students that true life is found in the benefits of following God’s path for their lives.
I hope our culture will turn wholeheartedly to the Lord and experience the joy and blessings that accompanies a fully devoted heart for God. That is what you and I are a part of each day in the lives of our students at Hartfield.
Below are a few of the many ways that Hartfield seeks to be distinctly Christian:
- Each week, Hartfield has 5 different Awakenings, Hartfield’s name for our chapel. These chapel services are targeted uniquely for each specific age group.
- Bible is a part of every grade level’s academic curriculum from K3-12th
- Did you know that over 100 Hartfield students and faculty shared the gospel in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala last year?
- Last March, 150 9th-12th grade students served in local ministries around Jackson for two school days, an emphasis we call Arise Week. Each Elementary grade level has a missions emphasis each year as well.
- In high school, our students have options to choose from Bible classes including Apologetics, Current Events from a Biblical perspective, Evangelism, How to Study the Bible, and more…