Trinity Christian Academy is a Christian School with a mission “dedicated to developing excellence in education, character, and servant leadership through a Christ-centered, biblical perspective.” It is our hope that you will catch the vision of who we are and where we are going as a football program.
We invite you to consider attending TCA in order to pursue your academic, spiritual, and athletic goals. For your review, the following are the philosophical “position” of the Trinity Christian Football Program.
Trinity Christian Academy participates in TAPPS Division III, District 1 for football.
Mission Statement for the Trinity Christian Football Program
Our mission is to play total release football. We desire each member to make the most of the blessings God has given them in the process of individual and team development, building lives for now and the future.
Vision Statement: We want God to be glorified by using Biblical principles and a Christian environment to train winners in the game of football. We want the player’s football experience to be so powerful and life changing, that they go on to make a difference in society as Christian leaders. This cannot happen without God’s spirit and provision.
- Love is the cornerstone- love God and love one another.
- Love God and others- Matt 22:36-39
- Love is the greatest motivator- John 15:8-17
- The team over the individual-
- Acts 20:35, Heb 10:25, I Cor 10:24
- Humility is the mark of greatness-
- Be like Christ- Phil 2:5-11
- Servant leadership-
- The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve- Matt 20:28
- Putting winning in the proper perspective-
- Physical winning produces temporal results. Spiritual winning produces eternal results that will benefit a person throughout life and for eternity.
- The goal is to honor Jesus Christ through excellence-
- Col 3:23 involves both our “action,” doing our best physically, mentally and our “motive.”
- Emphasis is placed on maximizing our talents-
- I Cor 9:24, 2 Tim 2:21
- Promote attitudes, not rules.
- Heb 12:5-11
- Coaching for eternal investment, not short term gains
- James 1:2-4
We believe this program was not created to win football games, but rather to teach, instill and strengthen the core beliefs of the Christian faith. Football is merely a means to that end. The parallels between football and the personal walk each player has with the Lord are countless. These fundamental truths, which define this program, are our core beliefs.
We believe that the missing link in our culture today is the value of discipline. To combat this prevalent state of apathy, our mission through this program is to create a lasting work habit that will be used in every area of life, especially in the relentless pursuit to please God.
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Luke 10:2
We believe that success is a natural byproduct of passion. Football is a passionate sport that is played best with an unyielding determination to succeed. In the exact same way, our walk with Christ commands our full heart to thrive.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind. Luke 10:27
We believe the response to circumstances is far more important than the circumstances themselves. During the course of a football game, adversity will happen. Our reaction is critical to victory. In a much deeper sense, the Christian walk through life requires that we remain fixed on our goal and respond the right way when difficulty comes.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
We believe we achieve far more as a team than as individuals. Although we value each player individually, and each has a role on our team, each member needs to understand that he is part of something bigger than himself. When the team succeeds, we all succeed.
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. I Corinthians 12:26-27
- What are the most common answers to the definition of winning?
- Defeating your opponent
- Beating the other team
- Taking first place
- Being better than everyone else
- Is this winning?
- Yes, but only on the physical level (scoreboard).
- This is the only kind of winning the world knows because they are spiritually dead (Eph 2:15)
- Many Christians have accepted this philosophy as a complete definition of winning.
- As Christians, we need to renew our minds from God’s word even in our view on the depth of winning (Rom 12:2)
- Is there more to winning that on the physical level?
- Yes, there is also a deeper spiritual level.
- I Cor 9:24-27 talks of two levels of winning “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize”
- Physical winning produces temporal results
- Spiritual winning produces eternal results that will benefit a person throughout life and for eternity.
- The unsaved person cannot understand spiritual (true) winning because it is spiritually discerned, (I Cor 2:14-3:3).
- What are the steps to being a true winner?
- Biblical basis (Col 3:23)
- “action”- do your best (heartily)- physically, mentally, and spiritually. Driven to be the best for the glory of God. Excellence in classroom, weight room, film room, practice field-future fruit as great husbands, loving fathers, men of God.
- “motivation”- take step 1 for the purpose of bringing glory and praise to God and not to self. Fearless, unselfish, confident, humility and passion.
- True winning is an individual not a team concept.
- If an individual strives to take these two steps in any situation, he will be a true winner, no matter what the scoreboard says.
- Biblical basis (Col 3:23)
- Is the scoreboard (physical level of winning) important?
- Yes, Paul instructs us to “so run that you may obtain” (I Cor 9:24)
- Striving for less than your best physically, mentally, and spiritually to win on the scoreboard can never be pleasing to God.
- Intensity (under the Holy Spirit’s control) to win on the scoreboard is a positive testimony and the Lord’s name will not be hurt in our efforts to win on the scoreboard (I Cor 9:27).
- We should strive to do our best for the glory of God and let God take care of the scoreboard (Prov 21:331, I Cor 15:57)
- Provide them with quality academics in Christian Education and excellence on the field.
- Educate them how to “live and play the game” within Biblical guidelines.
- Develop men of God as servant leaders.
- To teach football to our student athletes to compete at the highest level while striving to excel in the classroom.
- Develop lifetime relationships through the football family and community.