Student Leadership Academy
The heartbeat of Campus Life is to help our students discover the areas in which God has gifted them and then equip them with opportunities to use those gifts. Our goal is not just to help these students build an impressive list of high school leadership activities but to give them opportunities to develop their leadership skills so that when they graduate from NRCA, they will be fully prepared to take on leadership roles in college, on the job, in their communities, and in the local church.
We see leadership as multifaceted in the body of Christ, with community-builders, ambassadors, speakers, planners, discussion leaders, prayer team members, and practical service specialists all contributing to the direction and culture of the NRCA student body. Thus, our leadership development program, Student Leadership Academy (SLA), offers high school students an array of options for growing their gifts.
Students apply for the Student Leadership Academy during the first three weeks of the school year. We will announce the details in Chapel and then send applications to students through their school email. Any student in grades 9-12 is eligible to apply. Each year all interested students go through the application process, so even past members must reapply for the new school year. There is no limit on the number of years a student can participate in SLA.
Student Leadership Academy members participate in monthly meetings where they hear from a variety of speakers who share expertise in a wide range of leadership topics. SLA students also attend a leadership conference each year.
Five different serving teams make up the SLA. Students can serve on as many of the five teams as they feel led. Each team has opportunities throughout the year to serve at various events on campus and in our surrounding community.
Student Leadership Academy Teams
In this area of service, students will be committed to fostering a culture of biblical community throughout campus. They will have opportunities to serve at various events such as Founders Day, Knights Cafe, the Christmas Tree Lighting, and much more. Their service in these areas will be with a heart toward building relationships with others and encouraging them as we seek to live more like Jesus.
Those serving in this area will have the opportunity to be ambassadors for the school, welcoming students and families at different events throughout the year. Through events such as open houses, new student lunches, Grandparents Academy, and much more, these students will serve by practicing hospitality and encouraging those around them.
In this area of service, students will have the opportunity to help with some of the planning for Chapel, introduce speakers, share testimonials, and serve as leaders during Elementary Chapel and middle school retreats.
Those serving on the Prayer Team will be committed prayer warriors throughout the school year who desire to serve their school and community by lifting them up in prayer. They will also be heavily involved in some of our major events, such as See You at the Pole, Spiritual Emphasis Week, and National Day of Prayer.
Students who desire to serve in roles such as set-up or clean-up for events and other acts of kindness will enjoy serving in this area. This team will have opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus through events such as See You at the Pole, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Operation Christmas Child, and much more.