"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." John C. Maxwell
At Covenant Christian Academy, the student government is called the House System. Students are divided into houses when they enter high school. The four houses are Aequitas (Justice), Fidelitas (Faithfulness), Integritas (Integrity) and Veritas (Truth).The House System is designed to help build close relationships and create healthy competition between the students. The House System is also a great training ground for leadership. Joshua Gabriel, a 10th grader at CCA, recently ran for president of the House System. During the election, candidates address the high school students and faculty, putting their rhetoric training to use while sharing their hearts and goals for the school.
Here is an excerpt from Josh’s speech:
The most important thing you need to know about me is I put God first in everything I do. If I am voted in, I will make sure God comes first before everything House Council does and before every event put on. What really matters the most is making sure we, as a community are giving God the glory and not glorifying ourselves. By doing this I believe this community will prosper.
I consider myself a friend to everyone, meaning I will always be willing to listen to and help with any problems or ideas anyone may have. These are traits I believe a leader must have.
In my opinion, community is one of the most important things to have in a school and in a student body. A definition of community is “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” Going off this definition, I believe I am the candidate who will best bring a greater sense of community into CCA.
It is no surprise the student body elected Josh to be president of the House System next school year. To foster and nurture the CCA community, Josh shared his goals for next year are to increase transparency with house points, to increase community attendance at poorly attended sports, and to help students and even faculty deal with depression and anxiety. Josh has the heart and habits of a great leader because he desires to put God first and serve others.
Josh and his peers are receiving the gift of a Covenant Education which teaches them to think deeply, speak articulately, and prepares them to lead in all arenas of life. CCA alumni go on to make a difference in businesses, schools, hospitals, and homes across the country.
And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:42-45