GCA’S MISSION ENGAGEMENT
As part of the mission to EQUIP students to serve God, students participate in meaningful mission experiences and service through the Mission Engagement program. Students are encouraged and expected to reach out to meet the needs of their fellow students, churches, local non-profit agencies, and people around the world.
The goal of Mission Engagement requirements is to engage students academically and spiritually as they glorify God through service to Him. Through their service and ministry experiences, students will develop skills in planning, research, communications, service, and leadership.
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.
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 log their hours and summarize each mission experience. Students are prompted to reflect on the impact the experience has had on them personally and on those they served. The details of documentation can be used for scholarships and awards. The MERF provides students opportunities for celebration, deep reflection, accountability, and community service records.
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 15 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.