The academy is incorporated as a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Our Wisconsin property has been developed to include three staff homes, a gymnasium, maintenance garage, and over 11,000 square feet for our boys' homes. The property has trails and recreation areas and plenty of room for expansion as God leads and provides. The work with the boys has been evaluated and sharpened over the years, and a streamlined program has been developed that intensifies the impact on the hearts of the boys and their parents. We are thankful for the experience of watching God work through thousands of people, many churches, and much supernatural provision and protection to make Victory Academy a reality. God’s work in the hearts of staff and boys throughout the years has led to the development of a powerful program for helping teens in crisis and their parents.
Our goal in counseling is to help individuals grow in their understanding of themselves and lead them to a place of a stronger relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through understanding and applying the Scriptures. We believe a strong relationship with Christ is the key to interpreting life correctly and living life with the blessing of God, even through tough and difficult circumstances. We use a Nouthetic approach to our Biblical Counseling, which is a “come along side and lovingly confront with truth” approach (Romans 15:14). We utilize biblical material from both The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC.org) and The Christian Counseling Education Foundation (CCEF.org). We recognize that the Bible answers all the questions about what a godly life is and how to live life in a way that pleases God (2Tim 3:16). We also recognize that the brain is a very complex organ that impacts our interpretation of life and our responses to life situations. We believe that a medical exam and physiological tests (done in an effort to understand the impact of the physical body on the emotions/feelings) can be helpful tools in both understanding the problems and bringing the symptoms under control so that the spiritual needs of the person can be addressed.
While we recognize good solid research in psychiatry and psychology, we put biblical teaching above man’s reasoning when it comes to heart issues and the resulting behaviors. A student may exhibit behaviors classified as symptoms of ADD, ADHD, or ODD, and there may well be a physiological issue that provokes those behaviors, but if those behaviors are sin issues, we will constantly hold the student responsible for making those sinful choices. Each week your son will have a Discipleship Meeting one-on-one with his Resident Director to discuss where he is growing and where he needs to grow more. An Individual Growth Plan is developed for the following week, and at the next Discipleship Meeting that plan is evaluated and adjusted.
Our Statement of Faith
The Scriptures: We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments alone as verbally, plenarilv inspired of God, without error in the original writings and the sole authority of faith and practice, providentially preserved as God’s eternal Word (2 Pet. 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16,17; 1 Pet. I.:23 (b)-25).
The Godhead: We believe in one God, an eternal Spirit existing in three distinct uncreated Persons-God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit-yet one in essence and equal in every divine perfection and attribute (Deut. 6:4, Matt. 3:13-17: Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14).
Jesus Christ: We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. God’s eternal Son Who was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. He is truly God and truly Man, one Person with two natures, divine and human (Matt. 1: 18-20; John 1: 1,2,14).
The Holy Spirit: We believe in the eternal deity and personality of the Holy Spirit who is one of the three Persons of the Trinity. We believe the following are among His ministries: the restraining of evil in the world to the measure of the divine will; the conviction of the world regarding sin, righteousness, and judgment; the calling and regeneration of all believers; the indwelling of those who are saved; and, the continued filling for power, teaching, and service of all among the saved who are truly yielded to Him (Ro. 8:28, 29; 1 Cor. 1:24; 2 Th. 2:7; John 3:6; 16:7-11; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 4:30. 5:18). We believe the Holy Spirit produces His fruit in the lives of all believers (Gal. 5:22, 23; Col. 1: 10, 12).
God’s Salvation for Man: We believe that originally man freely chose to sin against God (Eph 2:1-3) thus man has had a sin nature since that time and has been utterly unable to merit God’s favor or in any way contribute to his salvation from the judgment of God. We believe the only hope man has is found in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Salvation is obtained by repenting of sin and confessing Jesus Christ as one’s personal savior. We believe that God secures and guarantees the final salvation of every true believer, and that the genuine believer will continue in his faith and show evidence of his faith in Christ until he meets the Lord. We believe all the elect of God, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are secure in Christ forever (In. 14:6; Rom. 3:25; Is. 53:4-6; Eph.
Sanctification: We believe sanctification is presented in three senses in Scriptures: (1) every saved person has been sanctified through the death of Christ; (2) is being sanctified by the Holy Spirit; and, (3) will be completely sanctified at his glorification. Every believer has two natures, old and new, and the old cannot be eradicated during this life (Heb. 10:10; John 17:17; Eph. 5:25-27; 1 Th. 4:13-18; Gal. 5:17: Rom. 7:18-25). We believe every believer should be evaluative and take seriously the Scriptural commands to separate from sinful and spiritually harmful practices. Christians should be aware of the his own philosophies, goals, lifestyles, amusements, habits, and practices, and constantly evaluative as to what God would have him cut out or add to please God more and bring Him more glory.
The Church: We believe the church is a gift of God to the believers of this age. The church is important for the health and growth of the believer. As such, church is an important part of the daily life of faith. The services of the local church are important and membership, accountability, and involvement in the local church is a sign of spiritual health (Heb. 10:25).