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Church of the Nazarene Women’s Ministry launches a nationwide focus on helping its public school moms

The Church of the Nazarene Children’s Ministries recently surveyed our churches and found that 90 percent of its children attend public schools. Yet, only 4 percent of the churches have any program to help the parents address the challenges they will face in those schools.

Ministering to public school families in our churches has become an urgent need. New data from America’s Research Group indicates that 95 percent of 20- to 29-year-old evangelicals attended (past tense) church regularly during their elementary and middle school years. The number dropped to 55 percent attending church during high school, and by college, only 11 percent were still attending church! (Source: Already Gone by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer)

That is why the Women’s Ministry and Children’s Ministries have partnered with Gateways to Better Education—a national organization equipping Christian families so their children graduate with their faith and values intact.

This fall, we are encouraging women’s ministries to get involved in two programs Gateways offers: 1) the National Free to Speak Campaign, and 2) their group study, Keeping the Faith in Public Schools: How to help your children graduate with their faith and values intact.

The National Free to Speak Campaign

Gateways to Better Education and the Alliance Defense Fund are working together to promote greater awareness of the U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines on students’ freedom of religious expression in public schools.

To promote greater awareness of religious freedom, the campaign has produced a pocket-sized student pamphlet entitled, “Free to Speak: What the U.S. Department of Education says about public school students’ religious liberties.” The campaign encourages churches and campus clubs to purchase the pamphlets in sets of 100 and distribute them throughout their schools and communities. Additionally, the churches and clubs can request that ADF send a letter clarifying religious liberties on campus to any school administrator. Together, their goal is to distribute 500,000 pamphlets and reach 5,000 schools by the end of the year. For more information, visit the National Free to Speak Campaign Web page.

Group Study for Our Public School Moms

Keeping the Faith in Public Schools: How to help your children graduate with their faith and values intact is more than a Bible study. It is a parenting manual moms can use every year for as long as their children are in school. Moms will learn how to help their children be discerning and how to create a faith-friendly environment for them. This fall, Gateways is offering a DVD teaching series to make it easy for churches to use. For more information and to download the first study topic, visit www.gtbe.org.