The purpose of athletics at Ezekiel Academy is to fulfill the ultimate mission, equipping students to be salt and light for God’s glory, by developing Christ-like character through the pursuit of excellence in competitive athletics.
Ezekiel athletic programs will promote an environment where the entire Ezekiel community, on the field of play as well as on the sidelines, demonstrates Christian character and conduct. We seek to integrate a biblical worldview on and off the athletic field. Ezekiel Academy will pursue excellence in the athletic programs as a means of giving honor to the Creator of our physical bodies. We express “excellence” by maximizing individual and team performance and not necessarily results.
The goals for the student athlete should be built upon a biblical foundation and include reaching the highest level of individual and team performance while maintaining a primary focus on academics. Athletes are expected to exercise their God-given talents to the best of their abilities, in both practice and play, in order to bring glory to the Creator. Specifically, the desire is for athletes to develop and display Christ-like qualities such as Godliness, obedience, humility, servant leadership, perseverance, and self-control while on and off the field for the purpose of advancing the gospel.
At all times, coaches are to represent Christ, themselves, and the school in a God-honoring manner and to train their athletes to do the same. Coaches for Ezekiel Academy must have a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ and a view of athletics that is consistent with the mission of the program. The athletic program will be staffed with personnel who are gifted in their field and can skillfully prepare the students to compete at their highest level of play. Furthermore, coaches should, within the context of a mentoring relationship, teach their athletes to apply biblical principles in the competitive environment.
The Athletic Director ensures that the athletic program maintains the proper biblical perspective and serves its intended role as an extra-curricular means of support for the overall mission of Ezekiel Academy, which is to provide an affirming Christian atmosphere for spiritual growth through athletics to our home school students and their families. The Athletic Director oversees the development and implementation of the athletic program in accordance with the vision and long-range plans set forth by the leadership of Ezekiel Academy. He must articulate and promote the mission of the program as he serves as an ambassador of the school. The Athletic Director is accountable for developing the coaching staff and operational tasks that create a strong, competitive program consistent with the school’s standard of excellence. Additionally, he manages the resources available for use by the athletic department, using principles of biblical stewardship.
“But if a watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword takes the life of one of them, I will hold the watchman accountable.” Ezekiel 33:6
“Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ; so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponents – which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that, too, from God.” – Philippians 1:27-28