Briercrest Christian Academy is a community that is unapologetically committed to calling its students to live by faith as disciples of Jesus. Whether you've heard of Him before, or this is your first time hearing about Him, we hope that you not only grow in your knowledge about who He is, but that you would embrace His call on your life to follow Him and develop a relationship with Him.
So what do we mean by discipleship? Discipleship is a lot like apprenticeship. It's a term often associated with the trades. So for example, if you want to become a carpenter, part of the process to becoming a journeyman carpenter, is that you first need to apprentice under a current journeyman, so that you're taught by someone who's an expert, who knows what they're doing, and he knows how to build. A disciple is a lot like an apprentice. So in the Bible, Jesus invites all people to follow Him and His way of life and become His disciples. So all of us staff here in BCA, are disciples of Jesus. We all believe that He is the visible image of the invisible God. And that He is the creator of the universe. And all of us have chosen to live our lives by faith in Him. And we hope the same can be said of our students. So here BCA, it's our expectation that all students will participate in a number of initiatives that will first of all help them grow in their knowledge of God. Second, will provide them with opportunities to ask questions. And third, provide them with opportunities to put what they've learned into practice. So here are six ways that we incorporate discipleship at BCA.
The first is chapel. Now chapel has been a part of Briercrest's DNA since it started. It's an opportunity for the entire school, staff, and students to pause from all other work once a week to sing together, and to hear someone speak from the Bible. Our time of singing is led by various teams of students with musical talents. And it's a chance to thank God and praise Him for His goodness. And we hear someone speak to us from the Bible, because we believe it's God's Word to us. And it's helpful for growing in knowledge of who He is and what His will is for us. But it's more than just a book that tells us how to live. It's one massive story of God's love for us shown most evidently through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Christian Ethics class is a required course for all BCA students every year. In this class students will dive deeper into the Bible, they'll study Christian history and theology, and they'll get an opportunity to practice Christian spiritual disciplines. More than just studying though, this class is an opportunity for students to ask questions about God and the Christian faith and to learn from the teachers life experiences and faith in Jesus.
Third, small groups. These are groups of about six to 10 students from the same grade and same gender, and led by a respected and trustworthy member of our community. These take place about once a week and the goal of these groups first of all, is to have fun together. And secondly, to learn to trust one another. As trust is developed among the group and people open up with one another, they learn to have compassion for one another's experiences and relate to people that they weren't necessarily best friends with.
Spiritual Emphasis Weeks. We have two of these every year where we give extra emphasis to spiritual growth. We often bring in a guest speaker provide longer times for worship and prayer. And we provide opportunities for students to share with one another about how they've been growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Youthquake. Youthquake is a three day event that our students never forget. It's often labeled the party with a purpose, because that's what it feels like. A massive party specifically for teenagers with concerts, contests, competitions, and not a lot of sleep. It's organized and run by Briercrest on our campus, and it draws a crowd sometimes between 1,500 and 2,000 people. This is often cited as a highlight of the year for a number of our students.
And last but not least is service. Jesus Himself did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. Our students have a number of opportunities throughout the year to put their faith into action and like Jesus serve other people from shoveling people's driveways when we get a dump of snow, to serve in a local food kitchen, to go into other countries to help people in need. We try to provide opportunities throughout the year for our students to serve others just like Jesus did.
So there you have it. Six ways that we incorporate discipleship here at BCA. There's more than just these six as we believe that discipleship permeates all areas of our lives. But I hope that this video has been helpful for you and gives you an understanding of some of the things that you might participate in as a student here at BCA. And I hope that it gives you a better understanding of what discipleship is and why it's important to us.