Discipleship in Middle School
Our seventh and eighth graders are becoming more independent and learning to think on their own as they prepare for high school. At Heritage Christian, we teach, mentor, and train our middle school students to lead, serve, and further understand their role in God’s kingdom.
Bible Courses - All students take a Bible course to study and understand the Bible and its principles more deeply. Seventh grade studies the New Testament and eighth grade studies the Old Testament.
- Worship - Chapel worship is typically led by a middle school praise team. Occasionally, special musical guests perform and/or lead worship for the students.
- Speakers - Students hear about God from their teachers, local pastors, alumni and peers.
- Prayer - Chapel, class, and small groups provide opportunities for students to pray throughout the school day.
Spiritual Emphasis Week - For one special week each semester, students have chapel or small group every day. This allows students to focus their attention for several days on our annual Spiritual Theme or a specific topic.
Christ-Following Teachers - Middle school teachers are Christ-followers and they make it their mission to share the Gospel with their students, both in and out of the classroom. Teachers challenge their students to read their Bibles, apply its principles, and seek to know Christ.
My sixth grade Bible teacher really challenged me to have a real relationship with Christ and not just play the role of being a Christian...The teachers here are always there for you. I know that I could go to any of my teachers if I needed anything.
- Ava, Middle School Student
Small Groups - Every middle school student is placed in a small group with seven or eight peers and a Heritage staff member. They meet together throughout the school year to study the Bible, encourage one another, and learn to live in community with other believers.
Athletics - All HCS coaches work to teach and mentor their athletes beyond the playing field. Some have their teams study a book of the Bible and others begin each practice with a devotional or life lesson talk. [Learn More]
Discipleship Staff - The middle school is equipped with a full-time discipleship staff member who is available to meet with students, walk through difficult times with them, and challenge them in their walks with Christ.
The staff here have helped me grow in my faith by always being there to talk and by willingly helping me with any problems. It has helped my faith grow enormously. My teachers will actually come up to me and talk to me. They really want to build a relationship with me which really shows how much they care.
- Emma, Middle School Student
Leadership Training - Middle school students have opportunities to learn and practice servant leadership through student council, clubs, athletics, and fine arts. These opportunities allow students to discover how God has gifted them in addition to learning confidence, responsibility, and how to work with others.
Lead Now Middle School Conference - Each year, Heritage hosts the one-day Lead Now Middle School Conference put on by Sagamore Leadership Initiative. Its primary goals are to teach students about leadership, to equip them to lead within their circles of influence, and to break down the low expectations that society places on teenagers.
Service Opportunities - HCS middle school students begin the year with a “Day of Service” at places like Agape Therapeutic Horse Ranch and Gleaners Food Bank in the Indianapolis community. Additional opportunities to serve throughout the year include mentoring younger students, serving as a student ambassador for Heritage events and participating in clubs that serve others.
WyldLife - In WyldLife, we love middle schoolers! They are full of life and yet experiencing profound emotional and physical changes. Middle school is a time when kids make important decisions about who they are and what they believe. And so WyldLife leaders seek to model and express God's love to our young friends by learning their names, hearing their stories and honoring their God-given desire for a life of fun, adventure and purpose.