The Royal House system is designed to provide the “community climate” and organizational structure that foster healthy relationships, community spirit, and personal well-being. The system assists in establishing character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service before self, and participation as a way of life. The Royal House system helps make soil fertile for students to receive and experience the school’s worldview focus, giving children supports and connections to walk in truth.
The Royal House system also provides mentor relationships between faculty and students as well as older students with younger students. These mentor relationships not only provide more leadership opportunities for students, but they also provide structure to guide such relationships in ways which mirror those found in the Gospel.
Royal House System verse:
Philippians 2:2: “…complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”
Royal House System Mission Statement:
The Royal House System serves to further the mission of The First Academy: providing Upper School students with opportunities for mentorship, teaching principles of servant leadership, and fostering community in order to build Christ-like fellowship and enhance school spirit.
The Royal House System has both a Faculty and Staff structure for supervision, administration, and mentoring purposes, as well as a student structure to foster leadership development and peer mentoring. The system is led by one senior per house, along with a committee of Upper School students representing all five houses.
There are five Royal Houses, each named after a prominent Christian figure. Take a moment to learn more about each house as shown below.
House colors: Red and White
Namesake: Jonathan Edwards
Motto: Live for God
Verse: Isaiah 1:18
Jonathan Edwards has been called America’s greatest theologian and is largely responsible for the country’s first Great Awakening, the radical revival of faith experienced in 1730s and 1740s. He was also the President of Princeton University and grandfather to Aaron Burr. Edwards’ preaching and writings encouraged emotional and sincere devotion to God.
At the age of 12, Edwards began college at Yale, graduating as its valedictorian at only 16. He became famous for his books of resolutions dedicated to growing his Christian faith and believed that God’s grace is the greatest gift mankind ever received.
His seminal work Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God explains how justified God would be in letting humans burn for their transgressions, and therefore how great his grace is in sending Christ to absolve us of our sins. At a time when many of our forefathers were turning to deism, he instead viewed the natural world as evidence of God’s intelligent design.
“You contribute nothing to your salvation but the sin that made it necessary.”
“Resolved, never to do anything which I would be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.”
“Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I will.”
House colors: Navy and Pink
Namesake: John Wesley
John Wesley is the Founder of the Methodist Church. He graduated from Oxford University where he later returned to lead the Holy Club.
In 1791 as one of the original religious leaders for the Colony of Georgia, he wrote a letter to William Wilberforce and encouraged him to take before the British Parliament the abolition of the slave trade.
John Wesley was driven from the Church of England when he broke with their tradition of the wealthy being the chosen (Predestined) ones of God. He brought the poor to church and was banned from all English pulpits. He spent the remainder of his life on horseback teaching the poor that everyone can have a personal relationship with Jesus. He rode over 250,000 miles on horseback and preached over 40,000 sermons almost exclusively in the fields of England. He spent his life trying to impact as many lives as he could.
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”
House colors: Green and Gold
Namesake: Aiden Wilson (A.W.) Tozer
A.W. Tozer was an American Christian pastor, preacher, author, magazine editor, and spiritual mentor. He was widely regarded as one of the deepest theological thinkers of the 20th century.
He is known worldwide for his prayer-bathed way of speaking pithy truth and introducing people to God. Tozer was a man of integrity. He lived simply, committed himself to lifelong learning, and drank deep from God’s Word. Tozer’s poignant writings typically lead people to worship and weep in conviction.
He served as pastor of Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in Chicago and Toronto. In 1950 Tozer was elected editor of the Alliance Weekly magazine, now called, Alliance Life, which is still a popular website that is used as a daily devotional.
He authored more than 40 books, his most popular being The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy. Even after becoming wealthy he spent most of his earnings to help those in need. There is a YouTube Channel dedicated to his entire life’s sermons and ‘Tozer Seminary’ dedicated to the teachings of Tozer and the type of culture he wanted to cultivate.
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
“Truth cannot enter a passive mind. It must be received into the mind by an active mental response … God intended that truth should move us to moral action.”
House colors: Purple and Silver
Namesake: Athanasius of Alexandria
Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. During this time, Christianity was threatened by a movement called Arianism, claiming that Jesus was less than God. Athanasius’ life work defended the Deity of Christ.
When Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity, widespread persecution of the church became less of a problem, but the government soon began to put a different kind of pressure on the church. Advocates of Arianism were politically savvy, and gained the support of the government. Five times, under four different emperors, Athanasius was forced to leave Alexandria or go into hiding. Athanasius spent a total of 17 years in exile because of his unwavering stance on the Deity of Christ. Without Athanasius, the church could have easily succumbed to governmental pressure and sacrificed theology.
Athanasius played a part in the formation of the New Testament as we know it. He was the first of the Early Church Fathers to recognize the 27 books of the New Testament we use today as canonical (in 367). The list was finalized in three separate councils between 382 and 397.
Around 355, Athanasius needed to speak to Emperor Constantine about the influence the Arians were having on the government and the church. He was bold enough to personally stop Emperor Constantine’s horse and stand in his way until Constantine granted Athanasius an audience.
“I know moreover that not only this thing saddens you, but also the fact that while others have obtained the churches by violence, you are meanwhile cast out from your places. For they hold the places, but you the Apostolic Faith. They are, it is true, in the places, but outside of the true Faith; while you are outside the places indeed, but the Faith, within you. Let us consider whether is the greater, the place or the Faith. Clearly the true Faith. Who then has lost more, or who possesses more? He who holds the place, or he who holds the Faith?”
House colors: Blood Red and Gold
Namesake: Jim and Elisabeth Elliot
Jim was one of five missionaries in Ecuador who planned to share the gospel with the Waodani Indians, a native tribe so savage that no one had ever interacted with them. The men had made contact with the tribe by using a small airplane piloted by missionary Nate Saint. They lowered gifts into the village from the plane and used a loudspeaker to talk to the people. After much prayer and planning, they landed the plane near the village to attempt meeting with the tribesmen, knowing that it was dangerous. Soon after they landed, a group of Waodani warriors charged the Americans and speared all five of them to death.
Jim’s wife Elisabeth, along with their ten-month old daughter Valerie, stayed in Ecuador after his death, continuing their work with other local tribes and learning the Waodani language.
Less than three years after the missionaries were killed, Elisabeth, Valerie, and Rachel Saint, the sister of the pilot, moved into the Waodani village and began teaching the people about Christ. At the time, there were no Christians among the people, and half of all deaths were murders. Today approximately 40% of the Waodanis are Christian, and the population has nearly doubled because the murder rate has sharply declined.
Elisabeth went on to become an influential writer and speaker. Her twenty-eight books are packed with wisdom.
Jim Elliot quotes:
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
“Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
“Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God.”
“I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you Lord Jesus.”
“When the time comes to die, make sure that all you have to do is die!”
Elisabeth Elliot quotes:
“The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.”
“I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.”
“There is nothing worth living for, unless it is worth dying for.”
“The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God … or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.”