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Principles & Mission



Teaching uncompromising precepts of Christianity, coupled with stellar academic standards, are two of the major priorities at Heartland Christian School (HCS).  We believe a co-curricular activities program is also helpful in developing the complete student.  We believe the principles and lessons learned in the classroom, at home and through the local church can be put into practice through co-curricular activities.  For this reason, HCS provides a co-curricular activities program not only to allow the student to develop and use his or her God-given ability to glorify God, but to help develop students mentally, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically.  


Mentally – A student is challenged in many ways, including self-discipline, the learning of strategies, both team and individual, and through other mentally stimulating exercises. 

Emotionally – A student will learn how to successfully handle stressful situations, how to better cope with winning, losing, and how a Christian controls and deals with competitive and performance-based pressures and his or her feelings. 

Socially – The interaction with team members, opponents, coaches, sponsors and spectators helps the student learn how to work with and encourage all those involved.  School spirit and team/individual relationships are cultivated through participation in co-curricular activities. 

Spiritually – The program encourages strong spiritual character and qualities which will help the student to be a better servant of our Lord.  Reliance on the Lord for strength, safety, and guidance, along with the proper motives, are to be done for the glory of God and with the whole heart. 

Physically – A Christian’s body is a living temple of the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, a student can honor God through increasing their discipline with improving their God-given talents. 


  • The Name of Christ is lifted up in every practice, competition, road trip, tournament, and more.  A few specific points: 

    • Atmosphere-We desire the atmosphere at Heartland games to be friendly, loving, and welcoming, as we invite schools into our home. 

    • Appearance-We desire our teams and fans to dress in ways honoring to Christ. 

    • Words/Actions-The words we say and the actions we do, need to be uplifting and encouraging and never disrespectful or demeaning of players, officials, or others. 

“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 


  • Cheer on both teams; do not cheer against.  Since our ultimate goal is for God’s Name to be glorified, through our best efforts and good attitudes, we celebrate good play by both teams.  Ultimately, in competition, we desire to play better than the opponent, but will recognize and honor good play and attitudes on both teams. 

“Encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 


  • Encourage the true art of winning.  Winning can take place, even when the game is lost, and losing can take place, even when the game is won.  We realize our ultimate goal is to play our best for the glory of God.  Our hope is our effort will result in victory, but we do not stake our identity on this.  We understand we can win the game but lose our witness “for the cause of Christ”, with poor attitudes.  We can also lose the game and gain our witness “for the cause of Christ” with good attitudes.  Our goal must be to win the game with maximum effort and ability; and do it in a way which honors the Lord and draws others to Him. 

“…giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited.” 

(2 Corinthians 6:3) 


  • Send the visiting team home, feeling valued and maintain a reputation above reproach among opponents.  

“…Sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, 

having nothing bad to say about us.”  (Titus 2:8) 

Goals and Purpose of Christian Athletes

Ecclesiastes 9:10 

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all our might.” 

  1. To progress the Christ-like character, determination, and perseverance in every student, coach, sponsor, and spectator. 

  2. To share the life-changing story of Jesus Christ with all who we meet. 

  3. To represent, and faithfully honor, our Lord, family, and school. 

  4. To promote community and school pride. 

  5. To provide young students with a chance to enjoy, develop, and participate in activities to enhance God-given talents. 

  6. To teach principles of personal discipline and the acceptance of discipline. 

  7. To teach teamwork, cooperation, leadership abilities, responsibility, patience, and respect. 

  8. To develop self-control, physical strength, coordination, endurance, and a sense of personal worth, confidence, and integrity.  

  9. To learn to perform difficult tasks under pressure. 

  10. To beneficially occupy the time and energy of young people. 

Download a copy of our Athletic Handbook here.

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