Why Choose TPCA for High School?
Weekly Look Into the Heart of Traders Point High School
Growing spiritually - leading students to understand & own their faith
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Prov 13:20 ESV
At Traders Point Christian Academy we want our students to become wise. Wisdom is rooted in Scripture, so we want all learning to be infused with a biblical worldview - the perspective from which students will view and interpret everything in life. The perspective they will use to make decisions in life. Whether they are in Bible class, English, Math, Art or on the court, our goal is for all instruction to be based in biblical truth.
It is so important that students examine their beliefs, decide what they believe and why and be able to defend this. There are tough questions students must ask as they take ownership of their faith. Not their parents or family beliefs but to own their faith in Christ for themselves. We want them to go through this often confusing time while they are still in your home, your church and at a school that can support them in getting the answers they need to grow in faith. They should do this now, not after they leave for college and may get all kinds of messages not in line with biblical truth.
We are serious about this. Throughout the year our teachers participate in professional development (such as The Truth Project) that builds their skills in integrating the biblical worldview into all parts of their teaching. The cornerstone of biblical integration is our Bible department.
Who leads our high school Bible program?
Mark Goins is our high school Bible teacher. He has spent most of his life in Indiana, being born and raised in Hagerstown. Mark attended Johnson University (formerly Johnson Bible College) in Knoxville, TN where he majored in Bible and minored in youth ministry.
Mark has been a youth pastor, campus minister and therapist in a residential treatment facility, Bible teacher at Covenant Christian High School, and small groups/assimilation pastor at Zionsville Fellowship. He also owns his own business called Soulgardener. Mark's wife of 17 years, Diane, is a former TPCA teacher. They have 5 children ranging in age from 14 to 5, with the youngest two adopted from Congo.
Mark bases his educational philosophy on Ezra 7:10 “...for Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach His statutes and rules in Israel.” Devote, study, live, and teach is Mark’s teaching credo. He believes that God’s word should be taught in a way that is relevant, relational, and interesting. Spiritual formation and direction is a particular passion for “Rabbi G”, as his students fondly call him. Mark is a trained spiritual director and desires for the students to have a formative and transformational experience. Mark uses his wealth of experience to engage our students to crave Christ and His word.
What is the sequence of bible study for our high school students?
Traders Point high school students experience Bible in a way that is rigorous, relevant, relational and engaging. We challenge their thinking and teach them to use Scripture as wisdom for making choices and interpreting their world. This is a challenging course of study, and one that is key to their life preparation to serve Christ.
Freshmen study the Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, Proverbs, Luke, Acts, Church history from 70 to 1500 A.D., and introduction to worldview.
Sophomores study Biblical historical narratives, Psalms, Major Prophets, Mark, some epistles, church history from 1500 A.D. including the reformation, up to the founding of the United States, along with applied apologetics and introduction to world view through the media.
Juniors take a dual-credit college course through Indiana Wesleyan the first semester called "Introduction to Life Calling" that helps them explore through scripture God's calling for their life. They learn about how God has gifted and wired them, and how those unique skills and passions point to career paths - God's calling. The second semester they study major and minor prophets, more Psalms and wisdom literature, Matthew, epistles, church history from the founding fathers to post-reconstruction of the Civil War, and worldview in understanding formative historical philosophical views based on Socrates, Diogenes, etc.
Seniors study more difficult scripture such as the books of Job, Daniel, Hebrews, Romans, and Revelation. They will also be studying John. In church history, students will walk forward from the end of the Civil War decade by decade comparing worldview ideas and the progression of the Church up to and including the present day. The year will culminate with a worldview project and reading “Between Heaven and Hell” by Peter Kreeft.
Each week we send you this enews sharing one tidbit about our classes, student and graduate accomplishments, facility updates, faculty bios - anything we think will help you to know WHY you would choose Traders for your child's high school. We already know and love your child and have built a program that is intentional about their academic and spiritual growth. What better place for them to become wise and fully prepared to fulfill God's plan for their life!