Christian Leading – The Bethesda Difference
Every responsible parent has dreams of their young man being successful.
Here at Bethesda, we aim beyond equipping our students to be merely successful. We challenge them to understand the need to be significant, and we feel the absolute most significant thing we can do is to lead others to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Toward that end, our new Leader Development Initiative is unlike anything else, anywhere. Simply put, its ultimate goal is to shepherd young disciples of Christ who will leave Bethesda Academy equipped to be not only successful in the secular world, but more importantly to be able stand firm in their faith, and no matter what course they choose, to be in a position to lead others to Christ through their example – how they live their lives.
These are not just empty words. Answering the call from St. Paul in Ephesians 6:4 to bring up our children in the “Paideia of the Lord,” we are committed to beyond solely informing our young men about Christianity in only words that might stop at the cognitive, thinking domain – the mind. We understand that true education means forming our young men by also engaging their affective domain – their hearts, through physical rituals of worship, practicing prayer, and acts of compassion that are committed on a daily basis through actually living our Christian faith.
Biblical literacy is an essential element of the Christian faith, and of our program here, but we believe that Christian leading is impossible without being grounded in faith beyond simply being biblically literate. We have therefore designed a one-of-a-kind, faith-based curriculum found nowhere else that focuses on the very deliberate enhancement of character, the maturation of critical thinking, the acceleration of emotional and social intelligence, and the development of the servant-leader mindset, all within a holistic Christian worldview.
In just under two years since its conceptualization, we now have young upperclassmen who are actually teaching our bible-based seminar sessions on Christian character, facilitating our case studies in Christian leading, others who are leading ministries like daily prayer in our chapel or Alpha, and others who will soon be leading clubs and ministries both on and off campus. In fact, we now have our very own ministry to help to feed local homeless. Our vision includes our young men being a blessing not only to each other, but to our community, and eventually, beyond. Our program has even made nationally syndicated news. Please look at the links!
At Bethesda Academy, given our rich history as a Christian institution founded by the legendary Reverend George Whitefield, we do not wish to be just another day-school. We see ourselves as an extension of The Church that ministers to and forms our students here, and that has a mission outside our campus to promote the Kingdom of God. With this thought having primacy in our minds, we are nurturing a culture here that will continue to call upon the power of the Holy Spirit to use us as His instrument.
Being a member of the Leader Development Initiative is not always easy, because we have very strict standards, and just being a member requires sacrifice. The benefits, however, far outweigh the costs. In the end, our members not only become better young men, but much more importantly, they become better Christians, and better able to lead others to Christ.
Christian leading…that’s the Bethesda difference!
God bless you.
“You learn ‘a love of God, a love of learning, and a strong work ethic’ and it all helps put you together into a person who finds himself.”
“Alumnus from 1987-1990, pre-Academy days. I can say without a doubt Bethesda made a huge difference in my life. I am happy to see how the organization has evolved and look forward to visiting the museum on my next trip to Savannah!”
“My son attended Bethesda for 3 years. He loved it and so did I. He’s a 2016 graduate with honors. Thank you for your dedication.”
“I found my ability to work hands-on – and find that I not only enjoy it, but do it better than most.”
“The learning is totally different. The teachers are a lot more attentive – even more respectful and have more patience.”
“Since I lived in the cottage, it definitely taught me how to take care of myself…and come out of my shell.”
“The key difference between public school and Bethesda is its ‘family’ here.”
“Given the opportunity, these boys will become leaders. To the extent that we can lift these young men above their circumstances, we are helping to equip leaders for our future.
“When people believe in you love you, and support you, you can go far in life. From Dr. Tribble to the dining hall staff, everyone at bethesda provided correction, direction, and guidance. They always cared about me as a person.”
“These people believed in me. They always have. Bethesda has never turned their back on me!”
“Thanks to Bethesda’s supporters I was able to attend a prestigious school like SCAD and now my future looks bright. Without people willing to financially support Bethesda, there would be many young people with a very uncertain future.”
“Bethesda gave me the opportunity to better myself in a solid learning environment.”
“Bethesda is like an extended family. We’re working as a team to give these boys what they need to be successful.”
“The team (2012 Blazers) played with dedication, they played unselfishly, and that’s the way you have to play to be champions.”
“Everyone who works here understands the value of family, and that is what we are at Bethesda, a family.”
“It’s special to have the opportunity to make a daily impact on a young man’s life.”
“I think that all of us who support Bethesda do so for the boys and the wonderful mission of Bethesda. How fortunate we are that the State of GA allows us a tax credit that we can take advantage of through our GOAL Scholarship Program. I write the check, the state reimburses me, and the boys benefit. Wow!”
“Of all my volunteer work, the service to the young men of Bethesda Academy has been the most engaging and meaningful.”
“When thinking about charities to donate to this year, I hope you will consider Bethesda. Your contribution could make such a difference in the life of a child.”
“Bethesda provided my son with a perfect blend of an academic and spiritual education.”
“The success I had at the University of Georgia is due to what I was taught at Bethesda.”
“Bethesda gave me the building blocks to become the person I am today.”
“The same work ethic that is taught in the classroom and in Work Experience is expected on the playing field. I know that if I can be successful in sports through hard work, I can be successful anywhere.”
“My houseparents gave me the freedom to make my own choices, but they held me accountable for those decisions.”
“My teacher tells us that men are judged by the way they work, by what they do, not what they say. I’ll take that philosophy with me when I enter the work world.”
“Bethesda prepared me for college life in both my study habits and my ability to balance school and work.”
“Before I came to Bethesda, I was sometimes embarrassed by my faith. Now I feel more free to practice my love for God.”