Spiritual Life

Madison-Ridgeland Academy believes that spiritual growth is fundamental to the developmental path of each of our students. MRA is a Christian school and is home to families that come from numerous different local churches. We are blessed by the diversity that is represented within our school. We desire to remain united in the essentials of the faith, rather than focusing on denominational distinctives. In addition to our chapel programs and classes that are available, spiritual life at MRA involves the classroom, the playing field, parents, and the entire MRA family. We encourage voluntary participation in other spiritual life activities. Several Christian organizations meet on campus, including, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Moms in Touch, a monthly prayer meeting for parents, Student Leadership Institute and Young Life.

Bible Curriculum

  • Daily classroom devotionals/Bible Stories
  • Bible enrichment class that takes the children through God's story using the chronological Bible

  • Daily classroom devotionals, weekly chapel
  • Bible enrichment class the students attend twice a week
Middle School
  • God’s Grand Design – 6th Grade
  • The Life of Christ - 7th Grade
  • Portraits from the Old Testament - 8th Grade
High School
  • Bible I Worldview
  • Bible II Apologetics

Spiritual Offerings

Chapel Program

While the school attempts to view all of life as a spiritually beneficial activity (1 Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17), some activities are structured primarily to help our students grow in the spiritual dimension of life. The MRA chapel program is designed to sow seeds that will enable our students to more fully love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, and strength. Our time in chapel will be relevant as it addresses real life issues and encourages our students to seek God’s purpose and plan for their life. Through age appropriate bible study, worship, and praise our students will have the opportunity to deepen their personal relationships with God.


  • To clearly present the message of salvation through Jesus Christ
  • To address current/relevant issues and topics of today’s society in a way that demonstrates God’s commandments, mercy, and grace
  • To provide an atmosphere of worship, celebration, and hope
  • To train and equip our students for ministry on and off MRA campus
  • To bring students to a point of decision

FCA - Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Our FCA chapter meets on Friday mornings at 7:15am in the cafeteria. Students grades 6 - 12 are invited to bring a drink, as a light breakfast will be provided.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

The FCA Vision
To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

The FCA Mission
To present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.

The Four C’s of Ministry:
Coaches Ministry
The Coaches Ministry focuses on ministering to the heart of the coach first, and then through the coach by engaging them with the Four C’s of Ministry. The types of Coaches Ministry are: Coaches Huddles, Coaches Conventions, Training Clinics and Coaches Retreats.

Coaches are the heart of FCA. Our vision is to see coaches transformed who then by their coaching bring transformation to the people of sports. We desire to see biblical coaches who are Christians who happen to coach, rather than just coaches who happen to be Christians. When coaches become followers of Jesus Christ, their character, their relationships and their approach to coaching will be authentic.

Campus Ministry
The Campus Ministry is a certified ministry that is initiated and led by student-athletes, sponsored by coaches, supported by staff, established on junior high, high school or college campuses and meets on a regular basis.

FCA provides athletes and coaches the opportunity to reach their God-given potential by offering comprehensive athletic, spiritual and leadership training in a camp environment. We create an athletic environment that produces spiritual transformation in the lives of coaches and athletes in a camp setting.

The FCA Values
Our relationships will demonstrate steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word through Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.

We will demonstrate Christ-like wholeness, privately, and publicly. (Proverbs 11:3)

We will model Jesus’ example of serving. (John 13:1-17)

We will express our unity in Christ in all our relationships. (Philippians 2:1-4)

We will honor and glorify God in all we do. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Moms in Touch

Moms in Touch is an international organization committed to impacting children and schools worldwide for Christ by gathering mothers to pray. MRA is blessed to have a group of ladies who are dedicated to lifting our students, faculty, and families up in prayer. MRA's Moms in Touch also assists with the annual Prayer Walk, Fields of Faith, and Spiritual Emphasis Week activities. If you would like to be a part of this group, please contact Mona McBride at robertshanta@aol.com.

SLi - Student Leadership Institute

Mission Statement:
To lead young men and women to faith and maturity in Christ through the gospel of Jesus and to equip them to make disciples of all nations to the glory of God.

Model Graduate:
Lovers and followers of Jesus who are equipped and passionately pursuing making disciples of all nations beginning with their families, schools, places of work, and communities.

The process of leading young men and women to faith in Jesus begins and ends with the gospel of Jesus Christ. In faith that God is true to his Word and will conform believers of the gospel to the image of Jesus, our primary responsibility in training Christ-like leaders is leading them to faith in Jesus through the gospel (Rom. 8:28-29).

In order to produce maturity and obedience in believers, Jesus and the gospel must be proclaimed and insisted upon (Col 1:28, Titus 3:3-8). Teaching obedience apart from the gospel produces no eternal benefit to the student because obedience alone cannot justify man before God (Rom. 3:20-26). Heeding Jesus’ warning that religious rituals and services performed in the absence of knowing Christ leads to eternal damnation, faith and steadfastness in the gospel are central to the success of this program in its mission (Matt. 7:21-23).

Leaders will be trained to model the leadership of Jesus Christ in both his purpose and methods. As Jesus sought to call men and women to repentance and to belief in the gospel, so leaders should be trained to lead in the same purpose (Mark 1:14-15). In obedience to Jesus’ command in the Great Commission and in following his example, leaders should be trained to make disciples as Jesus made disciples (Matt. 28:19-20). Jesus’ pattern of leadership will be followed specifically in the proclamation of the gospel (Mark 4:14-15), service of a leader (John 13:1-20), and disciple making (John 1:35-42).

All of this will be done in humble prayer to God knowing that God is the one who acts to save souls by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph 2:1-10). It is God who works in believers both to will and to work for his good pleasure (Php. 2:13).

Who is Eligible:
Any student from 9th -12th grade is invited to apply. We are seeking students with a genuine faith, both inside and outside of school activities, and a heart for serving others. We want students that are passionate about engaging the culture from a biblical view and have a desire to dig deeper into the basic foundations of the Christian faith.

We pray this program will truly shape the future of MRA student leaders and we ask for your continued prayers as we bring this program to our school.

Young Life

Young Life Vision:
Every adolescent will have the opportunity to meet Jesus Christ and follow Him.

Young Life Mission:
Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. We accomplish our mission by ...

  • Praying for young people.
  • Going where kids are.
  • Building personal relationships with them.
  • Winning the right to be heard.
  • Providing experiences that are fun, adventurous and life-changing.
  • Sharing our lives and the Good News of Jesus Christ with adolescents.
  • Inviting them to personally respond to this Good News.
  • Loving them regardless of their response.
  • Nurturing kids so they might grow in their love for Christ and the knowledge of God's Word and become people who can share their faith with others.
  • Helping young people develop the skills, assets and attitudes to reach their full God-given potential.
  • Encouraging kids to live connected to the Body of Christ by being an active member of a local congregation.
  • Working with a team of like-minded individuals — volunteer leaders, committee members, donors and staff.