Ministry Training at the Technology & Arts Academy
"He (Jesus) said, “Then you see how every student (disciple) well-trained in God’s kingdom is like the owner of a general store who can put his hands on anything you need, old or new, exactly when you need it." Matthew 13:52
Followers of Christ are not only those who share their belief in Jesus, the Son of God (Matt. 28:19), but also those who are trained to become abundantly and efficiently skilled in teaching, serving, and ministering to the need of others.
The purpose of the Academy ministry training program is:
The Technology and Arts Academy has established a unique approach in training our students to become faithful, competent, joyful, and God-honoring followers of Christ.
Jesus trained His disciples through His teaching, correcting, modeling, and love. The students at the Academy will similarly embrace these methods.
TEACHING OF DISCIPLES
Students will receive ministry and discipleship training through the following in-person and hybrid online courses:
Students will also receive ministry training through participation in local mission opportunities and Judson University mission outreaches.
CORRECTION OF DISCIPLES
“The Centurion answered and said, ‘Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof, but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me, and I say to this man, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it.’ When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to them that followed, ‘Verily I say to you I have not found so great a faith, no not in Israel,’” (Matthew 8:8-10)
For anyone to have authority they must first be under authority. Ultimately, everyone must come under God’s authority, but God has instituted an earthly chain of command (I Corinthians 1:3). One of the goals of the Academy is to assist in training students as disciples to become men and women of authority. The initial step in being under authority is to be made accountable.
TAA maintains a form of correction that will hold its students accountable for their responses and encourage them to accept responsibility. The school recognizes that each student is unique and therefore has set general guidelines to fit all individual personalities as difficult as that may be. We also recognize that the primary source of teaching and discipleship rests with the parents. With these concepts in mind, the following codes combine God’s Word with school guidelines to promote both parental and school authority.
Spiritual and Moral Code
The moral and spiritual decay of American civilization is so pervasive that, for all practical purposes, previous perspectives have been reversed. No project, institution, or good work should be allowed to obscure the greater reality of obeying God and His Word in every sphere and every aspect of life. Students should not be blinded by loyalties that result in making void the clear teaching of Jesus Christ (Matthew 15:3; Mark 7:9,13). Therefore, an agreement form shall be annually signed for the following codes:
Students at TAA will look to God’s Word as the only authority for all of life, including standards for behavior. They will demonstrate by word and deed the highest Christian virtue (I Timothy 4:12). TAA students will serve as Christian role models who are expected to refrain from behavior in contraction to Scripture. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, vulgar and profane speech, and the commission of any immoral sexual activity (Col 3:17; Titus 2:7-8; I Thessalonians 2:10; 5:18, 22-23; James 3:17-18). Immorality is clearly defined by Scripture and includes all sexual activity before marriage, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, and all forms of pornography as being immoral and sinful (Romans 1:24-32; 12:1-2; I Cor. 6:9-20; Eph. 4:1-11; 5:3-5; I Thess. 4:3-8; I Tim. 4:12; II Tim. 2:19-22; I Peter 1:15-16; I John 3:1-3). Violation of any of these standards or conduct will be grounds for dismissal from CCTAA.
The TAA community is expected to be one of respect and reconciliation. Therefore, students and teachers shall show respect for one another. They shall refrain from words or actions that demean, insult, bully, or threaten others even if one considers it to be merely joking (Proverbs 26:19). Verbal attacks on one’s sex, race, religion, or ethnic origin are not acceptable. Explicit or subtle references of a sexual nature, e-mails, text messages, voicemails, notes, letters, comments, or jokes with sexual overtones, obscene language, unwanted physical advances or the invasion of one’s personal space have no place within the school community.
The Discipline Code spells out unacceptable actions by students against persons or property and is designed to protect the rights of all students. Students hold such rights as the freedom of expression, speech, and equal educational opportunities. Along with these rights come additional responsibilities on the part of the students. The staff will work with the students to help them understand their rights and responsibilities and to grow to maturity with additional respect for fairness, justice and truth.
MODELING OF DISCIPLES
Both teachers and students will model for one another the life and character of Christ:
DISCIPLESHIP OF CHRIST'S LOVE
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
Academy students will be encouraged to be kind and give honor with preference to one another (Romans 12:10).
Academy students through love will serve and minister to one another (Galatians 5:13).
"Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing." (I Peter 3:8-9)