How?

How Do We Begin?

  1. Prayer. Pray as you determine the interest in your local church. Remember, you can start small with only a few volunteers.
  2. 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.
  3. Determine whether you want assistance from a national mentoring organization or whether you want to work independently with your local school.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Develop a plan of action for your Church/School Partnership with members of your congregation and local school representatives.
  8. Visit this site for ideas about ways you can be a partner!
  9. 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.