Spiritual life at Brentwood Academy

Spiritual Life

Brentwood Academy believes that spiritual growth is fundamental to the broader development of each member of the Brentwood Academy family. However, the school is not under the direction, influence, or support of any particular church, and the Brentwood Academy family represents various denominations and beliefs.

The leadership of the school understands that the approach to spiritual growth must be significantly different from its approach to academic and physical development. While the school does offer various classes and programs through the Spiritual Life Department, we recognize that God is the one who works through his Spirit to bring about change and growth in our students. Spiritual life at Brentwood Academy involves the classroom, the playing field, and the halls everyday, in addition to the programs and classes that are available.

Fundamental to the development of this type of atmosphere are the Christian values presented by the character and conduct of the headmaster, the faculty, and the leadership of the school. While the religious beliefs of each individual will be respected, the school continuously seeks to offer an environment of love and acceptance, in which each individual is given the opportunity to express his faith freely in an appropriate setting.

In this environment of sharing and caring—rather than by the teaching of specific, individual religious or denominational beliefs—spiritual growth is fostered. While each student is required to take the equivalent of one and a half years of Bible and attend spiritual life assemblies, participation in other spiritual activities is voluntary.

Purpose of the Spiritual Life Department

In order to foster spiritual growth, we teach and encourage:

Love and acceptance (John 13:34; 1 Cor. 16:14; Eph. 4:2)—loving a person just for who God says they are, not by any standards we may put on them; doing all we do in a spirit of love; seeking the highest good of the other person.
Honesty and humility (Phil. 2:3; Eph. 4:15,25—developing a completely open, honest, and trusting relationship with one another.
Concern and restoration (Gal. 6:1-2; 2 Cor. 5:18-19)—learning not to judge those who have strayed, but to pray for them and spend time with them for the purpose of restoring them.
Confession and forgiveness (James 5:16; Col. 3:13)—courageous willingness to admit our own wrongdoings and deep needs to others, all in an atmosphere of freedom and security and that same courage and willingness to forgive when wronged.
Encouragement and availability (Heb. 3:13; 10:24)—mutual support of one another, replacing the competition within our ranks with cooperation.

Spiritual Life Department course descriptions

Contact Information:

Rian Berger, Spiritual Life Department Chair