The Sword and Shield

GCA Crusader News • Friday, September 3, 2021

Start With Why

GCA Family,

In 2009, Simon Sinek wrote his bestselling book, Start With Why. Later that year, he gave what would become the most-watched TED talk of all time on the same subject. His premise was simply that the most effective organizations and influencers have a clearly defined cause rather than communicating only what and how they do what they do.

At GCA, we talk often about our purpose—we want to shape the worldview of our students so they clearly see reality the way their Creator does. We’ve spent the first few weeks of school emphasizing this purpose in every class and grade level. Our teachers have been pointing out ways that students can grow spiritually and utilize natural knowledge and physical skills to push God’s creation back toward its intended purpose.

A few weeks ago, Pastor Patrick gave me the opportunity to share this purpose with Gateway Church. Although I realize that listening to me speak for 26 minutes and 13 seconds may not be something you are super excited to do this weekend, I want to give you the opportunity to hear GCA’s “Why” if you would like: I start speaking at the 35:50 mark.

The short explanation is that it’s all for God’s glory—the spiritual, the physical, the intellectual, even the mundane. We accomplish this goal as we develop our God-given abilities into extraordinary skills, then resolve to use those for Him at every opportunity.

S. Jeff Postlewaite

Head of School

What and How

I hope you are also interested in what and how we are educating students. Below are some reminders and specific procedures that help GCA be effective and efficient. Thanks for keeping up with the latest information we send out.

Uniforms and Dress Code

Please remember that k3-8th grade students should wear the prescribed GCA uniform. Here is a simple guide to help you.

High School students should dress according to the dress code found on pages 15-18 of the Student Handbook. Please make sure you are familiar with these guidelines.