Fostering a Love of Learning with a Passion for Jesus Christ
Open Door Christian Academy is an educational ministry to children, operating as an extension of the Christian home, to prepare students spiritually and academically to live the Christian life in our contemporary society.
Students at Open Door Christian Academy are grounded in God’s Word and challenged to achieve academic excellence as they prepare to use their gifts and abilities effectively to follow God’s plan for their lives.
Education serves Christian discipleship by fostering a love of learning with a passion for Jesus Christ. Our aim is to equip students to love and serve God with all their minds in order to serve Him with all their heart, soul and strength. ODCA’s desire is to see students glorify God in every area of their lives.
Open Door Christian Academy seeks to develop young Christian boys and girls that are spiritually equipped in Christ-likeness, philosophically grounded in a biblical worldview, encouraged in a traditional vision of reality, and academically prepared for admittance to continuing high school education whether in public or private environments.
To that end, ODCA addresses both the heart and the mind. We believe in equipping students to actively engage their world and influence their culture. ODCA is not a “safe haven” from this world. We are a training ground for kingdom service. The work is hard, the curriculum rigorous, the spiritual expectations high— for a purpose. ODCA seeks to develop students who have a passion for Jesus, sharp minds, a clear calling, a generational commitment, and a kingdom imperative in all they seek to do with the rest of their lives. Open Door is about discipleship, strategic influence, traditional education, and intellectual preparation.
Too often, no substantive difference exists between the behavior of “Christian” teenagers and non-Christian teenagers. Moreover, many Christian young people who regularly attend churches before college fail to continue regular worship in church once they leave home. ODCA addresses this by discipling students both spiritually and academically to become active disciples of Jesus who are capable of influencing their culture.
The education of many of the godly leaders and great Christian apologists of the past was based on a curriculum that was traditional and classical, grounded in a commitment to classical languages, logic and rhetoric. Today’s schools have strayed from these standards. Few students are encouraged to press toward the goal of something larger than themselves. Little thought is given to answering God’s call upon their unique gifts and personality. ODCA seeks to enable and encourage young people to focus their abilities and passions on the world’s deepest needs in a manner that furthers God’s kingdom.
Commitment to Christ-centered intellectual preparation within the church is inconsistent. Many often do not make the connection between education and evangelism. The gospel has lost its influence within society largely because Christians have been unwilling to develop both mind and spirit to the degree necessary for influence. ODCA seeks to prepare Christian young people so that they are capable of being admitted to centers of cultural influence while resisting the negative aspects of their teaching and lifestyle.
ODCA is about changing lives to make a strategic difference. There is no time in a person’s life that is more important in terms of heart formation than the formative years. ODCA is dedicated to being a prototype of strategic kingdom discipleship among young adults. It is more than a school. Our objective is to be a training ground for young disciples of Jesus who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in their generation, for the sake of the gospel, and in gratitude for the cross-work of Christ that saved us.