High School: Vision
Inter-Varsity’s high school work is committed to helping Christian students grow in their faith and care for their schools in ways that demonstrate the love of Jesus.
We care for the high schools of Canada. We strive to bring the love of Jesus into the halls of our schools with the energy, commitment and leadership of Christian students and the support of our staff workers.
High school culture reveals many needs for which Jesus has an answer. Helping our students demonstrate God’s love in practical ways achieves the command found in the Book of Micah to “seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.”
We believe that faith in God should be integrated in all areas of our lives; in a high school that means helping our Christian students to see that every step they take in their school is one that God wants to be a part of.
When we ask the question, “Where would Jesus be and who would he spend time with in a high school?” we start to understand how God wants us to approach life in our schools.
Caring for students and schools, empowered by the love of God, is our focus/mission.
HOW WE WORK
We believe that relationship is the key to growth in the Christian life. Our staff develop meaningful relationships with the Christian students in a school. This allows us to develop their leadership skills, support students as they grow in their faith and help them influence their schools. We welcome all students to study the Bible with us, pray, discuss life issues, have fun, challenge one another, and plan activities to address the needs of the school. Through these planned activities we work to engage the students in: Leadership development, acts of service, caring personal relationships with all students, and address special issues of need. Our staff workers are also dedicated to the good of the school and will use their personal abilities to address needs within the school (i.e. tutoring, classroom support, coaching, sponsoring, directing, chaperoning etc.).
HOW WE DON’T WORK
We believe that students need to be allowed to question and develop their thoughts and ideas. Process is an important part of real growth in a teenager’s life. We are interested in healthy dialogue that allows students to come to their own conclusions about life and God. Therefore, we are not interested in coercing students into make religious decisions. We also are not interested in addressing needs in a school to evoke or promote religious decisions. We are interested in doing positive actions because we believe it is the right thing to do according to what God requires of us – “seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).