This is a servant leadership training and service-oriented program that runs for seven months during the school year and culminates in a student-led impact project. Students attend monthly leadership training “labs” and perform service projects throughout the year including one “Impact Project” in April to benefit the community within which their school resides.
The Forge Team is a servant-leadership group that consists of faculty-nominated representatives from each middle and upper school class. The name of the team comes from Proverbs 27:17: As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. “Forge” is an iron-working term that means to make or shape something. It also refers to forging (creating) relationships or new conditions. It is our goal to “sharpen” each other as we strive to become more Christ-like and to create a school-wide atmosphere of servant leadership and an environment of unity that is hostile to bullying and division. We accomplish this through intentional modeling of appropriate behavior as well as encouraging, edifying, and serving others in our school community. We also facilitate mentoring programs that pair the higher grades with the lower to foster relationships amongst the age groups as well as reaching out to new students.
Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students; there are thousands of clubs in more than thirty-eight countries. This student-led organization provides the opportunity to serve, build character, and develop leadership in all high school students.
Founded in 1921, the National Honor Society (NHS) promotes leadership, develops character, and stimulates a desire to render service for students of Banner Christian School. Membership in the NHS is based on the following four criteria (nationally, and at Banner): academic achievement, leadership, service, and character. At Banner, NHS members’ primary mode of service comes in the way of tutoring other students.
There are several leadership opportunities for middle and upper school students at Banner Christian School, one of which is to serve as a member of the Student Government Association (SGA). These student-elected offices are designed to serve as a liaison between the student body and the administrative team. They also have other responsibilities including organizing class activities and service projects as well as fundraisers throughout the year.
The club name comes from Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” I believe that one’s testimony is a gift given from God, and He has prepared us to utilize our gifts to impact others. That is the main focus of the Unashamed Club: we volunteer to share our testimonies to inspire others— the story of how we live “unashamed” for Jesus Christ.