The Heart of Service

Throughout Scripture, we are commanded to love and serve others. As a school which strives to pursue Jesus’ will in all that we teach, we cannot overlook this directive given to us by the Lord.  We believe it is important to encourage and foster opportunities for service.  As a result, all High School students are required to complete a minimum of 20 service hours each year.

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first, must be slave of all.”   Mark 10:43-44

According to Shannon Markum, High School Outreach and Service Coordinator, “The program is designed to give students the structure, guidelines and opportunities to practice the disciplines of service. We have chosen to emphasize serving people (as opposed to things like the environment, animals, etc.) as a direct response to the Greatest Commandment found in Matthew 22:35-39.”

“I’ve heard from so many students how blessed they have been because they are serving others,” said Mrs. Markum.  “Some started off serving out of a sense of obligation — because it was required of them by the school — but ended up finding incredible joy in doing something that helped someone else.”

Perhaps this explains why the majority of students exceeded the number of service hours they were required to complete.

For instance, during the 2016-2017 school year, (then) Sophomore Kendall Stier logged 98 hours of verified service, spread over several different ministries and causes. This included volunteering through Lion’s Heart, teaching Sunday school, participating on the Harvard Teen Advisory Board for Anti-Bullying, and feeding the homeless. Robert Coulehan, a Freshman at the time, chose to concentrate his efforts by serving at Saddleback Church’s food pantry — a minimum of three hours a week, every week during the school year. All together, Robert committed 135 hours to this vitally important ministry.

“By having the opportunity to serve, our students experience how good it feels to make others feel loved and cared for, and they gain a better understanding of why God asks us to put others before ourselves,” said Mrs. Markum.  

Who Do We Serve?

Scripture  is very specific that we are to love everyone, but God tells us specifically to:

  • Visit orphans and widows – James 1:27
  • Show justice to the foreigner, fatherless and widow – Deuteronomy 24:17
  • Honor your father and mother – Matthew 19:19
  • Love your neighbor – Mark 12:31
  • Be hospitable to strangers – Hebrews 13:2
  • Remember those in prison and those who are mistreated – Hebrews 13:3
  • Give to the poor – Mark 10:21

How Do We Serve:  

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

It is our desire for students to serve in the same way that Jesus did, demonstrating:

  • Humility; never arrogance or any attitude that might make others feel less important
  • Compassion and without making others feel pitied
  • Respect regardless of others’ circumstances
  • Love; expecting nothing in return
  • Purpose and intention based on needs
  • Patience; always extending grace
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