CORE TENANTS including our Statement of Faith
Statement of Faith
- the Trinity
- the full deity and humanity of Christ
- the spiritual lostness of the human race
- the substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ
- salvation by faith alone in Christ alone
- the physical return of Christ
- the revelation and power of the person of the Holy Spirit in the life of a surrendered believer to change that person from the inside out
- the authority and inerrancy of Scripture in all things, including but not limited to being the ultimate guidebook for purity of life, freedom from sin, God-ordained sexuality, God-given identity, and Christian behavior
We believe that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” by which we understand the whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God “were moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings—historical, poetical, doctrinal, and prophetic—as appeared in the original manuscripts. We believe that the whole Bible in the originals is therefore without error. We believe that all the Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work in His first and second coming, and hence that no portion, even of the Old Testament, is properly read, or understood, until it leads to Him. We also believe that all the Scriptures were designed for our practical instruction in regards to behavior, identity, and life (Mark 12:26, 36; 13:11; Luke 24:27, 44;John 5:39; Acts 1:16; 17:2–3; 18:28; 26:22–23; 28:23; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 2:13; 10:11; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21).
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience (Gen 1:1; Matt. 28:18–19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3–4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1–3;Rev. 1:4–6).
Salvation Only Through Christ
We believe that, owing to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again; and that no degree of reformation however great, no attainments in morality however high, no culture however attractive, no baptism or other ordinance however administered, can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven; but a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely essential to salvation. We believe, also, that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin and was made a curse for us, dying in our stead; and that no repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church, nor all the churches that have existed since the days of the Apostles can add in the very least degree to the value of the blood, or to the merit of the finished work wrought for us by Him who united in His person true and proper deity with perfect and sinless humanity (Lev. 17:11; Isa. 64:6; Matt. 26:28; John 3:7–18;Rom. 5:6–9; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; 6:15; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 3:4–9; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; 1 Pet. 1:18–19, 23).
We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Christ and that repentance is a vital part of believing, and is in no way, in itself, a separate and independent condition of salvation; nor are any other acts, such as confession, baptism, prayer, or faithful service, to be added to believing as a condition of salvation (John 1:12; 3:16,18, 36; 5:24; 6:29; Acts 13:39; 16:31; Rom. 1:16–17; 3:22, 26; 4:5; 10:4; Gal. 3:22).
The Christian Walk
We believe that every believer is called to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. But the flesh with its fallen nature, must be kept in constant subjection to the Holy Spirit by us. If our daily posture is to submit to the Holy Spirit’s redemptive work in our life, we believe every believer has the capacity to change the world around them by becoming more like Jesus in behavior, attitude, and in deed. (Rom. 6:11–13; 8:2, 4, 12–13; Gal. 5:16–23; Eph. 4:22–24; Col. 2:1–10; 1 Pet. 1:14–16; 1 John 1:4–7; 3:5–9).
The Great Commission
We believe that the message of our Lord Jesus Christ to those who He saves is that we are sent by Him into the world even as He was sent by His Father into the world. We believe that, after we are saved, our primary purpose in life should be to make Christ known to the whole world. We believe this is accomplished by our subjection to the revelation of the Holy Spirit, so that we are able to know HOW to speak, act, serve, and love the lost world around us, as Jesus did on the earth, so that they come to desire that which is in us and gives us the power to live the Christian life with joy. (Matt. 28:18–19; Mark 16:15; John 17:18;Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:18–20; 1 Pet. 1:17; 2:11).
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the period of great tribulation in the earth will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth as He went, in person on the clouds of heaven, and with power and great glory. (Deut. 30:1–10; Isa. 11:9; Ezek. 37:21–28; Matt. 24:15–25:46; Acts 15:16–17; Rom. 8:19–23; 11:25–27; 1 Tim. 4:1–3; 2 Tim. 3:1–5; Rev. 20:1–3).
**Portions of this statement of faith are taken from the Dallas Theological Seminary doctrinal statement.**
The development of this mission statement was done by the Board of Directors, and additional feedback was given towards its creation by staff, parents, and students of Wellmont Academy at both parent meetings as well as assemblies with students during that same year.
We are a Christ-centered, soul-safe community encouraging balanced academic excellence through God-written identity.
"We conduct a Christ-centered academy by hosting Bible-centered chapels once per week as well as incorporating conversations in all subject areas that draw our community back to the heart of God the Father and his providence.
We are a soul-safe environment because we have a zero tolerance for all bullying as well as encouraging each member of our community to ask hard questions without fear of judgment or persecution.
We encourage academic excellence by assigning homework, testing, and assignments that are challenging for most students. We also conduct individualized high school internships on and off campus and offer Dual Enrollment options to our students that are more extensive than most private schools in FL and have heavier weights on transcripts than AP, IB or Honors courses.
We use a balanced approach because students and families have flexibility to complete work according to their family's schedule. We also offer extracurricular activities and sports to make school more fun and enjoyable, not simply an academic exercise. Our planned vacations are also centered around the family, so our schedule leaves more room than the typical school calendar for breaks. Included in our calendar are a Fall Interim for independent study, a 3-week Christmas Break, and a 1-week Spring Break, along with Summer Break.
We encourage attention to individual needs by offering flexible schedules to those students who need them for a variety of reasons, accommodations as needed, offering challenge-based work as an option for students who identify gifts in certain areas, and encouraging independent study for credit whenever possible.
We encourage our community to seek out their God-written identity by encouraging application-based bible discussions, as well as encouraging discussions inside and outside the classroom that consistently reference the identity of each student according to what God says about them in scripture. This is the basis for the outpouring of excellence in our community."
- God’s presence is found in daily encounters with Him. God’s Spirit gives birth to our function and creativity. We survive and flourish personally, and as an organization because our leadership seeks after God. We encourage one another and hold one another accountable to stay in step with God’s Word daily and to constantly be listening for the Holy Spirit’s prompting.
- People come before process. We believe that the hearts of people are the most important thing. Processes are important because they create a scaffolding for our organization. However, processes must leave room for grace, for the unusual circumstances of life, for curve balls. Situations are varied and although order is important for stability, sometimes grace must win.
- People must feel valued in order to operate at their best capacity. God’s love for people motivates us to speak up, not down to one another. We treat one another as loved saints, not dirty rotten sinners. We are also a team, and we support one another as a team. Tone, body language, and clarity in communication pave the way or block us from opportunities for growth with one another. Our desire is to promote growth in people spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Loving God and valuing people is the means to this end.
- Questions lead to truth without fear of accusation or repercussion. A question assumes that the one asking does not know the answer. Honest questions signal a heart of humility and the desire to understand, and these are marks of being a Christian. We believe that we must become skilled at asking good, honest questions of God, one another, and ourselves in order to find truth at all levels and to honor at the heart level.
- Appreciating our differences is the best way to support one another in the Body of Christ. Some have gifts of mercy, some are administrators, some are teachers. We must appreciate and give grace to those who have different gifts than we have, because we work best when we are operating in our specific giftings, both personally and at an organizational level. Our administration does our best to match personal gifts with job descriptions, and we trust God to supply anything we are lacking.
- God’s Word is the last word. When we have questions about theology, about identity, about anything, we look to God’s word for our answers. We look at the whole counsel of God, within historical context, understanding that it is divinely inspired and is living and active, and we believe that God communicates his will to us today, just as he did to the Church 2000 years ago. We choose to accept what His word says and obey it, even in the face of adversity.
- We believe in second chances. We were not hardwired to be perfect. We were designed to learn. Learning comes with repetition, with accountability and with the opportunity to try again. Although grace cannot be extended indefinitely, we do believe that second chances provide an opportunity to grow and we want to provide that whenever possible.
A student's identity (spiritually, emotionally, and socially) is at the core of who they are and is highly related to their academic growth and maturity. At Wellmont, our desire is to foster an environment of excellence, where the heart of God the Father towards his children is well-known, discussed often, and is woven into every aspect of school. When people understand God's heart towards them, their desire to be excellent in all things naturally pours out of them. We also believe that students learn best in an environment of support, so we foster very close relationships with our families.
At Wellmont, as well as serving in the community, students have many opportunities to serve at school. All students in middle and high school have the opportunity to volunteer with our Front Desk, which is our center for hospitality, also reading to the youngest people on campus. Many of our students go above and beyond their volunteer goal because we have fostered an environment that makes volunteering a natural way of life and something that can actually be fun and build community.
Wellmont Academy of Tampa Bay, Inc admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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