Spiritual Life

Firm Foundation

Our desire is to provide an academic environment which inspires students to deepen their understanding of the Christ revealed in Scripture and experience the life changing implications of the Gospel for the glory of God.


Through weekly Chapel together, faculty and staff led Connections Groups, Mission Trips, local community outreach, and even underclassmen mentorship from upperclassmen, we daily keep our focus fixed on Christ inside and outside our walls.


Every Thursday, CVCA comes together for chapel. Studies, practice and work all cease each week as faculty, staff and students alike come together as one to worship by studying God’s Word, pray and participate in musical praise. It is a reminder amidst the busyness of school week to set our hearts and minds on the things above (Col 3:2) and to exalt Jesus Christ as a community.

The purpose of chapel is to create space and opportunity for students to connect with God in meaningful ways which are Scripture-focused and engaging. This includes corporate singing, Biblical teaching, celebration, and student/faculty involvement. Our goal for our weekly chapel services is that our community would have the same heart as the King David when he writes, “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:3)

This Year's Chapel


Severe Mercy & Sovereign Grace:
A Study of the Books Of Judges & Ruth

In an age of moral decline and seemingly endless downward spiraling, we might be tempted to think that things have never been this bad. How should we respond to our culture that seems to be careening out of control? With subjective morality and every man becoming his own authority, we may be lead to think that God is no longer in control. However, God’s Word would remind us that, God works all things together for the good for those who love him (Romans 8:28).

This year are going to study two different books of the Bible in chapel. We are going to be examining the book of Judges and the book of Ruth. While in many ways these books are very different, they take place during the same time in history.

Central Verse


The banner for this year is “Severe Mercy” (book of Judges) and “Sovereign Grace” (book of Ruth). God’s mercy sometimes looks quite harsh in the book of Judges with a lot of violence and death. Yet amidst the downward spiral of every man doing what is right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25), there is hope. God is sovereign over the chaos and we see Him at work behind the scenes in the book of Ruth. These flawed judges/saviors are in many ways imperfect examples pointing us toward the perfect judge/savior Jesus Christ. As we wait, our faithful God is bringing about redemption amidst a fallen people.

Some of the major themes we will be drilling down on this year will be:
  1. The misery of sin: Moral decline of a culture and sin’s deceitful cycle
  2. God is faithful even when we are not and He delights in using broken people
  3. Chaos of not having God in His rightful place
  4. God in His sovereignty is graciously working all things together for good

Spiritual Emphasis Days

Each semester, CVCA intentionally sets aside several days to refocus our attention on Christ and give students space to connect with God in meaningful ways. This time is focused upon the Word of God and includes worship, teaching, and celebration.

2016-17 Spiritual Emphasis Days: November 9th-11th | March 22nd-24th

Grace Church will be leading our community in worship and teaching.



Connections is a group of 10 students (gender and grade specific) led by a CVCA staff , who meet regularly in a safe and supportive environment to discuss age-appropriate issues, one time a week for 40 minutes before or after chapel.


  • Create a place of community and openness where there is increased learning and growing relationships for our students with their peers, teachers, parents, and mentors.
  • Connections is meant to provide each student at CVCA with the opportunity for an increased spiritual formation and mentoring relationship.
  • Connections is meant to provide every student with a teacher that can serve as an advocate and adviser throughout his/her time at CVCA.
  • Connections is designed to be a place where we “break the silence” regarding issues of life and spiritual formation while encouraging discussion with parents, friends, and mentors.



Bible Curriculum: Bible Courses for Junior & Senior High

Life of Christ: Grade 7 (1 Year; 1 Credit)

This is an introduction to the life and teachings of Jesus through the Gospel of Luke. We begin the year with a review of the events and promises of the Old Testament and explain how they foreshadow the coming of Jesus. We then delve into a study of the historical situation into which Jesus was born to better understand the events of the gospels; we also take some time to learn Israel’s geography. We spend the bulk of the year going through the Gospel of Luke verse-by-verse in an attempt to understand 1) who Jesus claimed to be; 2) what He accomplished through His life, death, and resurrection; and 3) what it means to follow Christ. Special attention is given to the question: “What does it mean to be a Christian?” (i.e. What should we believe? What should our lives look like?)Student learn through doing Creative Projects, watching movies and doing reflection papers, going through a student devotional they receive at the beginning of the year, journaling about what they are hearing in chapel, fun review games, and completing worksheets aimed at getting students deep into the Word of God.

Old Testament Survey: Grade 8 (1 Year; 1 Credit)

This is a survey course of the Old Testament.Students will come away from this class with an overview of the Biblical history of the Jewish people.There is a special emphasis on the foundations of this history as we study the creation, the lives of the patriarchs and the exodus from Egypt.At every step along our journey together, we see foreshadowing and glimpses of the coming of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.To help us to learn the wonderful story of God’s plan for humankind, we learn 77 “signposts” of the Old Testament—its major events and people.We memorize Bible verses from both the Old and New Testament; we put together projects in response to what we are learning; we listen to great music; we watch some great movies; we complete study guides based on Scripture; we interact with the Word in journal entries and class responses.In short, we get closer to Christ by studying the Bible that He Himself used!

Acts of the Apostles: Grade 9 (Semester; 1/2 Credit)

This course familiarizes students with the historical setting of the early church, its growth, and its relationship to the epistles. We study the methods of Peter and Paul’s presentation of the gospel for insight into our own role in evangelism.

Disciplines: Grade 9 (Semester; 1/2 Credit)

This course is a study of the basics of the Christian life. It begins with a focus on the gospel and the essence of salvation.Furthermore, the course explores the nature and practice of the Spiritual Disciplines.This emphasizes the importance of activities such as prayer, Bible study, fasting, silence, solitude, journaling, stewardship, worship, serving, and evangelism.

Epistles: Grade 10 (Semester; 1/2 Credit)

This is an in-depth study of three specific books: I Corinthians, Romans, and Hebrews. First Corinthians examines the gospel message as it encountered Greek culture in the First Century. Romans investigates Paul’s basic message preached throughout the Gentile world; it is designed to increase knowledge and appreciation for the redemptive work of Jesus. Hebrews considers the message of salvation in light of 1st century Jewish imagery.

Gospel of John: Grade 10 (Semester; 1/2 Credit)

This is an intensive course designed to give the students a good working knowledge of the book of John. The center of this course is the life of Christ as John presents major events. The students learn who Christ claimed to be and what He taught.

Applied Theology: Grade 11 (Semester; 1/2 Credit)

Applied Theology focuses upon areas of theology that guide the thought and practice of the Church.The class will examine the formation, inspiration, and authority of the Bible, the basis and practices of the Church, the role of the Spirit in the life of the believer, and the doctrine of eschatology (last things).In addition we will look at several modern theological issues. Students will examine the key scriptures in each area and learn the various evangelical interpretations that have been formulated under each doctrine.

Theology: Grade 11 (Semester; 1/2 Credit)

Biblical Theology examines the character and nature of God; the nature of man; the person and work of Christ; and soteriology (the study of salvation). Students learn to study (Exegesis); examine the scriptures telescopically (major motifs and themes of the Bible); and to think for themselves concerning these major theological doctrines.

Apologetics: Grade 12 (Semester + Semester; 1 Credit)

Apologetics is a two-semester Philosophy and Religion course. Its primary goal is to cultivate aspects of critical thought (logic and epistemology), and to apply that thought to the three primary world-view categories of the day: Naturalism, Transcendentalism, and Theism. This is on a topical basis.It is through this process that we hope to aid the students in solidifying their own faith as well as to prepare students for the spread of the gospel through critical analysis of other world-views.

Honors Apologetics: Grade 12 (Annual; 1 Credit)

Honors Apologetics is a two-semester Philosophy and Religion course. Although many of the topics covered in this course may be similar to the normal program, there is a more deliberate intent to spend time in a history of philosophy and how the world we currently live in daily reflects many of these historical ideas. Additionally, the pace and scope are significantly more vigorous. The brisk pace enables students to embark on a more detailed study of the topics normally covered within the Apologetics curriculum.

Biblical Greek: Grade 11 or 12 Elective (Annual; 1 Credit)

This is a study of the basic elements of New Testament (Koine) Greek. This course will give students a working knowledge of how to best use the Greek language and Greek resources to aid in their understanding of the Scriptures. Elective open to all; Qualifies for graduation in School of Distinction.

Biblical Prophecy: Grade 11 or 12 Elective (Semester; 1/2 Credit)

Biblical prophecy studies three particular units related to this large Biblical topic.First, the class will address definitions of Biblical prophecy and discovering its origins as a Hebraic expression in the Old Testament.Second, it will analyze and discuss Old Testament prophecies fulfilled at Jesus’s first Advent.Finally, an extensive study of the Book of Daniel will conclude the course. The goal is to set a foundation by preparing the student for further study in the discipline of prophecy as one would discover it in the New Testament.

Foundations of Christian Relationships: Grade 12 Elective (Semester; 1/2 Credit)

Relationships focuses on helping students understand and accept who they are as God created them. Our study focuses on both basic personality issues and gender and role differences. After this foundational study, we look at forming relationships, beginning with friendships and ending with the topic of marriage. The class involves special weekly speakers, journaling, and class discussion. Qualifies for graduation in School of Distinction.

Practical Christian Ministry: Grade 12 Elective (Semester; 1/2 Credit)

This course is a core required course for School of Ministry senior students. It seeks to educate and train the students in a variety of ministry topics and skills in the field of vocational ministry. Along with the instruction comes practical application projects designed to develop the student in ministry skills. Topics include discipleship training, talk/lesson preparation, evangelism, missions, spiritual disciplines, event and retreat planning. Class size is limited. Instructor approval required for students not in the School of Ministry. Qualifies for graduation in School of Distinction.

Readings in Practical Theology: Grade 11 or 12 Elective (Semester; 1/2 Credit)

This class functions as one of the capstone courses for the School of Ministry.It is a seminar class which seeks to emphasize theological reflection grounded in the life of the church, society, and the individual.The intent is to critically examine and review evangelical theology of the past as one looks forward to life and ministry.The course will employ literary critiques of various Christian works and will be heavily discussion oriented. Qualifies for graduation in School of Distinction.

Worship Leadership: Grade 11 or 12 Elective (Annual; 1 Credit)

With the goal of enhancing the worship experience in CVCA chapel services, this course will seek to develop a student’s skills as a lead worshipper, discover how the Bible defines worship and worship leading, study the history of musical worship, and a provide a practical hands on experience of leading worship for chapel.Students enrolled in the course will serve as part of the chapel band or be heavily involved with the running of the CVCA chapel services.Instructor approval required. Qualifies for graduation in School of Distinction.


“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

– Ephesians 2:8-10


There is no substitute for God’s grace that brings salvation. This salvation has not been given to us merely for the purpose of attaining eternal life ourselves, but rather we are called to be God’s vessels of love to the world around us. Jesus, just hours before His arrest and eventual crucifixion, tells His disciples to “Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13) These words apply also to us, not only to His followers 2000+ years ago.

It is with this in mind that CVCA has complemented our Bible curriculum with a Service expectation. We ask our students to serve in the local community, the nation and the world in which they live. They are encouraged to find appropriate opportunities within their churches, here at the school as well as with outside organizations, both para-church and secular, that meet both the physical and spiritual needs of a lost and dying world.

CVCA’s mission is to Educate and Cultivate servants for Christ. We believe that the coupling of this Service expectation with our Bible curriculum is foundation to enable our students to grow into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.


  • 8 Hours (Minimum) of approved service activity per semester.
  • Part of all Bible classes.
  • Pass/fail grade (Appears on transcript as a “P” or an “F”).
  • 2 check points are required for all students each semester (See below).
  • Service hours for fall semester should be complete before December 2nd. Pre-planning and commitment will help make your service experience a joy to you, the people you serve and the LORD!

Student Service Forms

  • Student Service Proposal Form #1 (PDF) DUE: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Student Reflection Form #2 (PDF) DUE: May 2, 2017

More Info & Opportunities

For information about group activities and how to sign up, join the “service sign-ups” google classroom and use code akku2f

Mission Trips

“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” – Matthew 25:40 ESV

The more we love Christ, the more our lives look like His life. This is the embodiment of the Gospel. As believers, we should be concerned about those things that Jesus is concerned about. Whether it’s across the street or across the world, the follower of Jesus is called to give of his time, talent and treasure to those in need. At CVCA we believe that mission trips provide an opportunity to live out our faith outside of the classroom and to love our neighbors as ourselves. CVCA offers three mission trips so that our students might participate in the joy of serving their Maker by serving others.

Dominican Republic

The summer before their senior year, CVCA students have the opportunity to work with ‘Meeting God in Missions’ in the Dominican Republic. These life-changing days are full of hard work, love and worship. Students meet regularly in the months leading up to the trip for worship, building opportunities and fundraising.

TRIP DATES: June 7th-14th, 2017
Check back here or on the CVCA Facebook page for trip updates!
DR Trip Update #1

Dear Parents,
We made it! Thanks for your prayers. We had a very smooth travel day and students are now resting as we prepare for the first full work day tomorrow.

DR Trip Update #2

Dear Parents,
It has been a joy to be with your students these past few days.  They have been quick to jump in and serve.   Whether its giving kids piggy bag rides in the village or doing construction, they’ve done so with great attitudes. In the evenings we have enjoyed worshiping alongside our Dominican brothers and sisters on two different occasions.
I’m excited for you to hear some stories from your student.  We’re thankful for good health and good commodore in the group!  Thanks for your continued prayers!

DR Trip Update #3

DR Parents,
We’ve had a couple of wonderful days! Your students have served really well in the villages and on the construction sites. Our leaders have repeatedly commented on how impressed they are with your students’ work ethic. On Sunday we spent some intentional time, practicing the spiritual disciplines of solitude and study, asking God to help us examine our priorities and creating some silent space to hear from Him.

God has been at work in the students’ lives. This morning many students made commitments for Christ with some giving their life to Christ for the very first time. I am excited for them to share with you what God has taught them when they return.

As we come near the end of our trip please pray for your students as they think about what will change in their life upon reentering normal every day life in the States. Thank you for your prayers!
Gloria a Dios!

DR Trip Update #4

DR Parents,
We are all set to leave this morning! Feel free to check flight information (see email on 6/6/17). We’re excited for you to hear the stories and to watch these seniors lead our school next year. We look forward to seeing you back at CVCA very late tomorrow night / Thursday morning.

As a reminder, you may want to bring a trash bag with you to throw your students’ dirty clothes into as we will be collecting the CVCA travel bags upon arrival.

See you soon!


  • Team Packing List (PDF)
  • Boys’ Packing List (PDF)
  • Girls’ Packing List (PDF)
  • Medical Form & Letter* (PDF)

*NOTE: To be completed by student’s physician and returned to CVCA by March 16, 2017!

Pay Online to Support the Dominican Republic Trip

Thank you for helping our students travel to the Dominican Republic to minister in Christ’s name. You can use PayPal to donate online to CVCA Missions. You do not need to have an account with PayPal to use their secure service.

Please be sure to:
  • Include the student’s name that you want to support
  • Print your receipt for your tax records
Giving Options
Student's Name
Giving Options
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Questions? Contact LT Newland, Director of DR Mission Trips (330) 929-0575 x617

Pittsburgh Project Trip

During the summer following their freshman year, students have the opportunity to help needy and elderly Pittsburgh homeowners serving through The Pittsburgh Project.

This week long mission trip provides students with many opportunities to work hard work for others, to worship God and to build strong bonds with fellow classmates and the homeowners they serve.

Application should include your NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE DEPOSIT of $75. Make check payable to CVCA with Pittsburgh Project in the memo line, but not your student’s name. Put your deposit (along with the application and an attached donation form; see links below) in an envelope and turn it in to Jacob Piland’s mailbox in the front office or CVCA’s welcome center.


Application (PDF)

Donation Form (PDF)

If you prefer to pay your deposit online with PayPal, you may do so below.


Thank you for helping to sponsor a CVCA student at The Pittsburgh Project.

Please include the student’s name to include proper credit and print your PayPal receipt for your tax records.

Any questions about payments? Call Abby Fishel at (330) 929-0575 ext. 233

Giving Options
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Urban Hope Training Center

uhtc_logoStudents and leaders will be serving with the Urban Hope Training Center. The center began in 1998 as a ministry of CE Natural and is located in Northern Philadelphia. The ministry is a cross-cultural urban training center with a mission, “to reach the urban family through children and youth and train believers in cross-cultural ministry.” Through UHTC many young people come to faith in the Lord Jesus, some of whom are now a regular part of the ministry! Urban Hope is about people who are on a mission for Christ. Their desire is share the gospel and reaching out to the community. As Urban Hope serves the youth and families in the neighborhood, they desire to reach, teach, equip, and develop though the ongoing ministry of the center, as well as, through the church that they have planted.



Please include the student’s name to receive proper credit and
print your PayPal receipt for your tax records.

Any questions? Call Abby Fishel at (330) 929-0575 x233

Student's Name

Join Us For Moody Founder’s Week

Every February, we travel to Chicago and Moody Founder’s Week for 4 days. There we will be challenged to grow in our Christian walk and in our understanding of God’s Word. This spiritually enriching week provides an opportunity to learn from today’s foremost Christian teachers and leaders through morning, afternoon and evening speaking sessions. Christian musical guests, along with Moody Bible Institute’s student choirs and symphonic band, perform during conference sessions. Come have a fresh encounter with our Savior’s love. Founder’s Week will be sure to encourage and inspire you!

Join other CVCA students and adults for Moody Founder’s week. Our tour bus will leave school on a Wednesday morning and return the following Saturday evening. Cost includes tour bus, hotel, meals and some events. For the cost of student and adult participation, please see the documents below.

Please see links below for the complete application packet. $100 deposit due with completed application and Activity Participation Agreement. Seating will be on a first come first serve basis. Please apply early! If you are unable to join us, but would like to sponsor a student with a donation, please call Mrs. Rocha at (330) 929-0575 ext. 300, or Mr. Dipane at (330) 929-0575 ext. 647.

Deposit must be accompanied by completed application and Activity Participation Agreement for acceptance!

Don’t miss this great trip and the spiritual blessings of Moody Founder’s Week.


  • Information Letter (PDF)
  • Student Application (PDF)
  • Adult Application (PDF)

What We Believe

  • We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and conduct.
  • We believe in the one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son , and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His virgin birth; in His sinless life; in His miracles; in His atonement for our sins by His blood, shed when He died for us; in His bodily resurrection; in His ascension to the right hand of the Father; and in His personal, bodily, visible, imminent return to earth to establish His kingdom in power and glory.
  • We believe in the literal account of creation, and that the Scriptures clearly teach that man was created by a special, immediate, formative act of God; that Adam and Eve sinned, and thereby brought on themselves not only physical death, but also spiritual death – separation from God; and that all human beings are born with this sinful nature.
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; that He rose again for our justification; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood, and are saved by grace through faith, wholly apart from human merit and works.
  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; the saved to a life of eternal glory in heaven and the unsaved to eternal damnation.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe that the primary goal of every Christian is to glorify the name of Jesus Christ in all that we do; therefore, we should separate ourselves from all practices and influences which hinder a Spirit-filled life.
  • We believe it is the privilege and the responsibility of every believer to do his or her utmost to give the Gospel of Christ to the whole world.
  • We believe that the true, universal Church includes all believers in Christ during this present age, and is the body and bride of Christ, of which He is the Head.

Resources For Parents

Click on the image above to download the guide.

While the Student Ministries Department sees our role as significant, we understand that as a parachurch organization, we exist as a support to both the family and the church. It seems as though God has offered a structure of discipleship in a given student’s life. The first place that discipleship should occur is in the family. Dunn suggests, “The influence of the student’s family on his or her value system will exceed the influence of the teacher/staff on most occasions.” In Souls in Transition, Christian Smith summarizes his study by suggesting, “The most important factor is parents. For better or worse, parents are tremendously important in shaping their children’s faith trajectories. That’s the story that came out in Soul Searching. It’s also the story that comes out here.” Finally, Chap Clark echoes these thoughts when he states, “The problem is that adults have not invested the time, energy, and commitment to reach adolescents. Both practical and academic literature show strong evidence that youth ministry in its current form makes little difference in the future faith commitment of the vast majority of adolescents, especially when compared to the overwhelming influence of parents.”

Therefore, CVCA and the Student Ministries Department desire to partner with parents in the responsibility of raising a generation for Christ. The purpose of this resource guide is to aid parents in the profound and weighty responsibility of parenting.

Urban Vision

“Urban Vision seeks to prayerfully and relationally reach North Akron children and families with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Urban Vision cares for our community holistically, modeling love for God, and others.” By partnering with CVCA and Urban Vision, you can help build a vibrant, unified community, transformed through the love and hope of Jesus Christ.

Urban Vision

Urban Vision’s Christmas With Dignity Store was born out of a desire to promote the dignity of the people they serve. This is one of Urban Vision’s biggest events of the year with over 250 participates and 250 volunteers. The Christmas With Dignity store is the biggest way they promote their philosophy of providing a hand-up to our community members, rather than a handout.

We want to partner with Urban Vision by supporting this event. Student’s will sign up for items to donate in thier connections groups, and will bring them on collection day, December 1st. Gifts will be in the $12-15 range, and students are encouraged to purchase these gifts from their own money, if possible. We want to teach our students the importance of giving, especially around Christmastime.


  • Urban Vision Christmas Store letter (COMING SOON)
  • Urban Vision Dignity Stores Pamphlet (PDF)