RELEASED-TIME CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Released-Time is a time during the school day when students are released from school to study Bible at off-school campus locations or online at their leisure. The United States Supreme Court sanctioned Released-Time Christian Education in 1952 (Zorach v Clauson).
Released-Time is an example of obedience to the Great Commission.
We go to the children rather than waiting for them to meet us in a church. Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples.
Released-Time reaches students during school hours.
They are ready to learn. Students are accustomed to thinking and interacting with a subject while they are in school. Plus, it's not just a Sunday or Wednesday thing.
Released-Time helps to build better community relationships.
The programs indicate that a school district is sensitive to parent desires and values.
Released-Time improves student scores in comprehension, spelling and vocabulary.
It's been documented. (National Council on Crime and Delinquency, 2003)..
Released-Time brings the gospel to students.
Classes provide students another opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ and respond to the gospel.
Released-Time brings churches together in a common task.
When churches work together, it benefits non-Christians (John 13:35)
Released-Time assists schools in shaping better students.
Better students make better schools. Better schools make better communities. Better communities make a better nation.
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WHAT ABOUT SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE?
The Greenville County School District accommodates religious education for public school students without contradicting the current understanding of separation of church and state.
In South Carolina, then Governor Mark Sanford signed the Released-Time Credit Act in June 2006 (SC148). This afforded high school students the opportunity to attend Released-Time Bible courses off-school campus and receive a Carnegie Unit for each Bible Course successfully completed. Parents must provide consent for their children to enroll in the Bible courses.
-Supreme Court 1952 Zorach v Clauson