What we do is intrinsically tied to who we are. SouthLake Christian Academy is the body of Christ gathered under the commissioning of Christ and His Church (SouthLake Presbyterian Church). The Academy, as the body of Christ, will worship together (chapel), pray together (at all times in a variety of contexts), build one another up in fellowship centered around the Word of God (Bible class, Chapel, and school retreats) and reach out into our surrounding community (Missions and Outreach).
The purpose and motivation for outreach into our community is a direct reflection of our identity in Jesus Christ. Having been called by God into fellowship with His Son, justified freely by faith alone, we realize our new identity in Christ as new creations and work out our salvation in fear and trembling, bringing glory to God in doing those good works He prepared in advance for us to do.
Accordingly, our identity in Christ entails our citizenship in his Kingdom, which is advancing in this world. Jesus’ announcement of the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven was followed with miracles of healing and the forgiveness of sins. This pattern of word and deed, which we call “outreach,” is the pattern in which He sent His disciples.
Love compels us to fulfill The Great Commission and bring glory to God by our labors for His Kingdom. Therefore, it is the joy of the church redeemed in Jesus Christ, for purposes beyond which we can imagine, to reach out to surrounding communities and beyond with the light of the gospel and the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Wingspan is a strategic approach to Grade Level Outreach at SouthLake Christian. As a demonstration of the love of God for all people, the students and faculty of SouthLake Christian Academy seek to reach out into our community in word and deed through local partnerships. “Wingspan” connects each of our grade levels with the following ministries:
JK – Old Knox Commons Nursing Home
K – Total Living Center Nursing Home
1st – Wexford House Nursing Home
2nd – Angels and Sparrows
3rd – Room in the Inn
4th – Brookstone School
5th – East Lincoln Christian Ministries
6th – Charlotte Rescue Mission
7th – Hope Cancer Ministries
8th – Shining Hope Farms
9th – Annual days of service for local widows and Habitat for Humanity
10th – Widows Watchman Ministries (Honea Path, SC)
11th – Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gaston County
12th – Community Pregnancy Center of Lake Norman; Scripture Union in Peru
Missions Week is a highlight of the year at SouthLake Christian. Each spring the school comes together for chapel services centered on a missional theme. The primary goal is to educate our students in the work of mission around the world and then to enlist their help and support. In the past we have raised awareness and support for the persecuted Christians in Northern Iraq, for the need and establishment of clean water treatment systems in underdeveloped countries, and Haitian earthquake relief. Lower School students participate in The Parade of Nations, in which elementary students dress up like nationals in the country they studied and prayed for all week. Upper school students also visit elementary classrooms as together they explore the work of the Gospel in the world.
Senior Trip: Peru
Our senior class participates in a pre-commencement senior trip to Peru, South America each spring. The group enjoys the many cultural highlights of Peru while partnering with Scripture Union ministries to help build homes and schools for orphans. This annual trip began in 2005, and it has been a great blessing to the seniors to anticipate continuing the work that the classes in front of them began. Our partnership with Scripture Union has blessed hundreds of our graduates and has resulted in tremendous growth in their ability to care for orphans in Peru and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Widow’s Watchmen Ministry
Tenth-grade students participate in an annual mission trip to Honea Path, South Carolina. Students work with the local Widow's Watchmen Ministry to make improvements to homes and yards of widows in the area. Besides the manual labor the students
complete, they visit with the widows, are treated to amazing stories and often form relationships that last a lifetime. One class decided to purchase a new mobile home for a widow whose floor was caving in and roof was damaged beyond repair. They also collected furniture and household goods to help her set up an entirely new household.
Freshmen Service Projects
The ninth-graders participate in local service projects during our annual Week of Service in November. Ninth-graders serve
local ministries like East Lincoln Christian Ministries or Habitat for Humanity, and perform repairs and do yard work for local widows. Our freshmen benefit from the hard work and the relationships they make with widows and others in need in our local community.