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Summit Academy

of Christian Worldview and Apologetics

About Us

Introduction

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Do you want your children to have a dynamic walk with Jesus and stay deeply committed to His church while going through college? Whether they grow up and go to Bible college, Baylor, or Berkeley, the understanding they gain through Summit Academy (SACWA) classes will make them far more prepared to continue their walk with Christ and their commitment to the local church, displaying both courage and compassion as unashamed witnesses of biblical truth regardless of the spiritual, educational,  or workplace environment. With the permission of Summit Ministries, I  started SACWA in 2015 as a platform for teaching their outstanding college prep courses. Their powerful three year curriculum includes Understanding the Times, Understanding the Faith, and Understanding the Culture. The classes I teach meet once a week for two hours and are currently for high school and college age students. This coming year I’m only planning to teach one class, Understanding the Times, probably Thursdays from noon-2pm. (The day and time could change if needed.) The class will be held somewhere in the area north of Houston (Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Conroe, Magnolia), depending on where most of the students are coming from. (In the past I've taught classes in churches, homeschool co-ops, and large living rooms.) The total cost for your student for the 2019-20 school year will be $500. This includes tuition, a 500-page hardbound textbook, and a one-year license for Summit’s digital curriculum (Summit U). If you have any questions, please email me at gregpowell1277@gmail.com or call me at 346-328-2616.

Teacher

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I grew up here in Houston and came to Christ during my first semester of college at the University of Houston. I then attended Sam Houston State for one year where I got involved with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) doing several extended ministry projects, including six months in the Philippines showing the Jesus film. I received my BA in Biblical Studies from Biola University in 1985 and my ThM from Dallas Seminary in 1992. I’ve been married to my wife, Diane, for 34 years. We have four children (25, 18, 16, and 12) and one toddler grandchild. We’ve ministered together in 5 churches in the U.S., overseeing youth, college, and singles ministries before becoming church planters. We’ve also done short-term ministry in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. I’m currently church planting, and I’m a member of the One Mission pastoral association of The Woodlands area churches. We’ve homeschooled all of our children, and also spent some time in private and public schools. I love studying and teaching biblical truth, and I love walking in authentic relationship with people. So I really like the fact that right on the cover of the Summit textbooks are the words, "truth + relationship." I believe that this is how God relates to us, and I'm convinced that this is how teachers should relate to their students. My definition of the Christian life is: "The daily pursuit of redemptive relational encounter with God, with followers of Jesus, and with those who don't yet know Him."

Goal

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Our goal for Understanding the Times is to guide students through a compelling analysis of the Christian worldview and its five primary competitors by examining how these worldviews inform what is taught in ten basic academic disciplines in colleges and universities all over America.


Our goal for Understanding the Faith is to help students examine and appreciate the rational basis of the Christian faith. We want them to more fully understand the historicity, reliability, and authority of the Bible so that they may embrace Jesus Christ as their resurrected Savior, follow Him as their sovereign Lord, and faithfully minister His love and truth to a dying world.


Our goal for Understanding the Culture is to lead students on an exploration of what it looks like to courageously and compassionately apply Christian worldview and apologetics to the broken world around us, one broken heart at a time. This study includes important cultural issues such as gender identity, abortion, technology, and poverty.


Our greatest desire for each student is that he or she will come into a personal, saving relationship with Jesus Christ and then continue to grow deeper in this love relationship, day by day, allowing it to inform and direct every aspect of the student's life and ministry from now till heaven.

About 70% of young people in the American church stop attending church once they go away to college.

The bad news is that these statistics are real. But the amazingly good news is that students who (1) consistently see the faith lived out at home, (2) experience church  as authentic community, and (3) gain a robust understanding of the Christian worldview as well as the competing worldviews… well, about 99% of these students are staying in the church when they go off to  college. 99%.

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Quick Facts

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  • Who is this for? Mature high school and college age students (Summit focuses on 16-22 year-olds, but students must at least be in 9th grade.)
  • What curriculum will be used? Summit's 3-year Understanding the Times series
  • Which book in the 3-year series will be taught for the 2019-20 school year? Understanding the Times (UTT)
  • Is there a prerequisite for Understanding the Times? No.
  • When will classes take place? Probably on Thursday afternoons from 12pm-2pm -- See Course Offering for more details.
  • Where will classes take place? TBD. Most likely in the Spring area -- See Course Offering for more details.

2019 Summit Student Conference

My eldest son and I have both been through Summit’s worldview conference in Colorado, and my teenage daughter attended the conference in Tennessee in the summer of 2016. Our teenage son will be attending the conference in Colorado this June. And my 12 year old can't wait till she's old enough to go! I highly encourage you to consider sending your high school or college age son or daughter to a Summit 12-day Conference this summer. There is no other camp like it!

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