GCA’S MISSION ENGAGEMENT

As part of the mission to EQUIP students to serve God, the Mission Engagement development process was developed.  GCA Upper School students participate in meaningful mission experiences and service to others.  Students are encouraged and expected to reach out to the needs of their fellow students, churches, local non-profit agencies, and people all across the world.

The goal of Mission Engagement requirements is to engage our students both academically and spiritually as they seek to glorify God through service to Him.  Through their experiences, students will develop skills in planning, research, communications, service, and leadership.  It is the hope that their work, combined with their personal experiences in ministry, will serve to enlighten their minds and inflame their hearts, that they might ultimately be transformed into both lifelong learners and servants of Christ.

MISSION EXPERIENCE

A mission experience is any act of volunteer/non-paid service for others that involves ministering/serving those outside your immediate family. Experiences must be completed under each of the following 4 categories:

Categories: Must have Experiences in all 4 categories by the end of 10th Grade

Education | coach, preschool volunteer, camp worker, teacher, etc.
People in Need | elderly home, soup kitchen, shelter, special needs kids, etc
Community | community centers, fire department, parks & rec, clean a stream,.5K run for a cause, etc.
Campus Based | A wide variety of activities and options will be made available throughout the year.

Freshman Year

Experiences required:  3
Categories:  2 (students must choose from two categories listed) 

Total Hours: 15 hours
Dates:  Must be completed from June 1–May 15 of the same school year. 

Junior Year

Choose a Mission Partner
Experiences required:
  4

Total Hours: 20 hours
Dates:  Must be completed from June 1–May 15 of the same school year. 

Sophomore Year

Experiences required:  4
Categories:  2 (students must choose from two categories listed) 

Total Hours: 20 hours
Dates:  Must be completed from June 1–May 15 of the same school year. 

Senior Year

Continue Mission Partnership
Experiences Required: 
4

Total Hours: 20 hours
Dates:  Must be completed from June 1–April 30 of the same school year. 

MISSION ENGAGEMENT REFLECTION FORM (MERF)

Students will be required to fill out a Mission Engagement Reflection Form (MERF) for each mission experience from 9th-12th grade.  (This form can be found at www.x2vol.com.) 

Students will log their hours as well as summarize each mission experience.  Students will be prompted to reflect on the impact the experience has had on them personally as well as on those they served.  The details of documentation can be used for scholarships and awards.  In summary, the MERF provides students opportunities for celebration, deep reflection, accountability, and updated community service records.

MISSION PARTNERSHIP

A Mission Partnership is a deeply invested relationship between a GCA student and a non-profit organization during a student’s junior and senior year.

Mission Partnership Example: Johnny Student and Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries

LOCAL MISSION PARTNERSHIP APPROVAL PROCESS

A Local Mission Partnership is selected, proposed and approved by September 15th of a GCA student’s junior year.  A student must submit a Mission Partnership Proposal (available online) to the GCA Mission Engagement Planning Committee for approval prior to entering the partnership.  Changes in a partnership must also be approved by the planning committee.