How Do We Begin?
- Prayer. Pray as you determine the interest in your local church. Remember, you can start small with only a few volunteers.
- Check with your local school district to determine whether “Adopt-a-School” partnerships are already in place. If so, follow their guidelines for becoming a partner including requirements such as background checks, etc. If not, ask for their permission, help, and guidance in pursuing a partnership.
- Determine whether you want assistance from a national mentoring organization or whether you want to work independently with your local school.
- Determine which school your church would like to support in a partnership. Look for factors such as location, percentage of students on free/reduced lunches, community need.
- Contact the local school administrator. Ask, “What do you need from us?” “How can we help?” Do what helps them most. Serve in a way that will not overwhelm or burden teachers or school personnel.
- Be ready to answer the question, “Why are you doing this?” Remember, you will be Christ, not share Christ. This will not be a time to preach or proselytize; it will be a time to simply show you care and to do your part to support the faculty and students.
- Develop a plan of action for your Church/School Partnership with members of your congregation and local school representatives.
- Visit this site for ideas about ways you can be a partner!
- Share the ways you are partnering here at PartnerToday.org!
How Can I Get People From My Church Involved?
- Encourage various groups within the church (Sunday School classes, UMW, UMM, Circles, Committees, Fellowship Groups, Small Groups, etc.) to be responsible for an area of support or to “adopt” a classroom.
- Enlist the help of retired educators to organize and help with tutoring.
- Appeal to retirees to devote time as mentors or in other areas.
- Promote the idea of donating “one hour” a week for being a mentor/tutor.
Separation of Church and State
- Partnerships must respect church-state issues and ensure that there is no violation of the separation of church and state.
- Partnerships must abide by the rules of the school.
- Partnerships will be a way to BE Christ—to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
- Partnerships will be a way to show we care.
- Partnerships will be a way to support children, teachers, and staff.
- Partnerships will focus on service, mentoring, tutoring, and literacy.
- Partnerships will not be a way to share Christ or preach Christ.
- Partnerships will not be a way to pray with students or staff.