We know God owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Ps 50:10), and what He ordains He will sustain. But He almost always does that through His people – who are far more likely to respond to a need of which they are aware.
The fact is, every Released Time Bible program needs support in three forms: prayer, volunteers and funds. Support in each of these forms contributes to the success of the others.
Prayer: Does your program have a committed team of prayer warriors? Do you communicate consistently with your pray-ers to let them know how God is working through the program? How the lives of students and their families are being touched by what happens through Released Time? How churches are providing fellowship and faith-growing opportunities to children and their parents?
Volunteers: Do you have a robust volunteer program? Are your volunteers committed to praying for all the schoolkids and for your program? Are they on fire to recruit their friends and fellow church members to serve in Released Time Bible Education? Do they often stand before their congregations to let them know how God is working in Released Time? Will they ask their church’s mission committees or governing bodies to prayerfully consider financial support for your program? Do volunteers with hearts for schoolchildren consider serving in other school-related volunteer opportunities (mentoring, teachers’ aides, etc.)?
Financial Support: Some shy away from “fundraising” simply because of a natural hesitancy to ask people for money. Yet the truth is, every program needs funds in order to operate, so that children can hear the Gospel. We can all agree that it’s important to make your Released Time Bible program visible and make the need known so that people have the chance to choose to support your mission, if they are so led.
Released Time Bible education is a worthy mission that requires steady support to offer quality programming, caring volunteers and a safe space for public school students to hear about the life-changing love of God. Like any mission-based organization, raising funds is essential to build the infrastructure and fuel the progress forward.
If you are operating a Released Time Bible Education program, we invite you to consider the following questions:
- What is the Lord leading you and your program toward? Has He brought to mind any “big goals for this and coming years?” Reaching more students from the public school classrooms you currently serve? Adding more grades? Expanding into more school buildings in your district? How could additional funds help you meet them?
- What is your budget and what percent increase would you like to see for next year as you share Jesus with children in your district?
- How can your program making support raising a priority this year?
There are many tastefully simple and fun ideas to raise funds that focus on celebrating how God is moving the hearts of the children in your Released Time program! We’d love to talk with you about what may work in your area, what your fundraising goals are, and how we might be able to help.