PUBLIC SCHOOLS: YOUR CHURCH’S NEXT FRONTIER
The following post is by Oscar Benavides, Executive Director of LINC North Texas.
According to one statistic, ninety percent of students in the United States attend a public school and its no secret that most of our public schools are struggling at best. The worst part is that politicians, schools administrators, teachers and parents are very frustrated but can’t seem to change the downward spiral. What role does the church play in public education? Does separation of church and state prevent the church from helping?
Four years ago my wife and I were invited to speak every Friday in a classroom of a public Middle School and teach 70 teens on the topic of “leadership”. Part of that teaching included the doing three parent workshops. We were amazed at the results of changed teenagers and families. The experiment worked so well that the school district hired our organization, LINC North Texas, to teach at their eleven middle schools and high schools with over 1,200 students. We could not do it by ourselves; we hired part-time facilitators from local churches to help us reach these students. LINC North Texas trains church staff/volunteers to go into the schools, teach our curriculum and help the families. This work led to several parent bible studies in homes, ESL classes, financial literacy classes and now a new church.
Though we can’t teach the Bible in the classroom we teach biblical character and leadership. The power and application still results in life-change. There is no law against Christians volunteering and helping students and families in public schools. We are commanded by Jesus to go into all the world, public schools are no exception!
It doesn’t take much to notice that the teachers and administrators are desperate for help. Most don’t have the resources and capacity to make significant impact on students and families. But your church does! Many churches continue to wait week after week but the crowds are not coming to church services. In most places the church has to go to where the crowds are with a servant attitude, not its own agenda. Schools need to see real transformation in families that only can come through the love of the gospel. We can do more than just hand out backpacks to needy students; we can be Jesus to them.
“Schools need to see real transformation in families that only can come through the love of the…
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Is God calling your church to be part of the transformation of students and their families in your community?
My prayer is that your church will see the public schools as your next frontier!
“We can do more than just hand out backpacks to needy students; we can be Jesus to them.”
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BY OSCAR BENAVIDES
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