Happy 2017! We’re off to a running start this year with a new focus, a new video, and a new leader!
1) In 2016, we focused on building strong relationships with school districts across Greater Houston. What we discovered is that their doors are wide open – in fact, school districts are asking for churches to partner with their schools! Unfortunately right now, we know of more schools asking for partners than churches stepping up to serve. Therefore in 2017, our new focus is on building relationships with churches. We’ll be reaching out to those of you who have come to our gatherings to see where you are in the church-school partnership process and how we can help. Associate Director Michael Kraxberger will continue to facilitate Equipping Sessions for churches interested in starting new partnerships, and will also begin facilitating Partnership Gatherings for churches in existing partnerships). We’ll also be talking with various church networks and new churches we haven’t yet met to learn about your visions for outreach in 2017 and to see if we can help you achieve these dreams. We look forward to working with as many of you as we can to reach your communities with the love of Christ in ways that are simple, powerful, and effective.
Imagine if the members of churches across Greater Houston – all the members of the body of Christ in our city – were empowered and encouraged to use their gifts and abilities to care for and invest in our most precious resource: our children. Imagine how our city would be transformed and how differently people would view our God, both today and for generations to come!
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Q: We’d like to partner with a school, but our church members work during the day. How can we get involved?
A: Great question! Here are some ways volunteers can help with a school no matter where they live or when they work…
With over 500 schools in our top 6 priority districts, we can’t engage and equip enough church partners on our own! Will you join us?
1) Pray. Pray for wisdom as we adjust our workshop modules to engage and equip even more churches in 2017. Pray that God will speak through us and that churches will follow God’s leading, whether or not He wants them to partner with a school at this time. Pray also for faith in God’s provision of our funding, and that God will lead us to the right people, churches, and foundations who will see the vision of our work and invest.
2) Share your story. We know there are partnership stories across the city that we don’t know about, yet! Do you have a video, blog post, Facebook post, or church bulletin article about your school partnership that you can share with us? We’d love to learn from you, celebrate with you, and share your story to inspire other churches to serve as well! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) Volunteer. We want to see many more churches reaching out to their local schools in 2017 and we can’t do this alone! We’re looking for help to make phone calls, design materials, help with event logistics, and more! If you, your small group, your Boy/Girl Scout troop, your Sunday School class, etc. would like to help, please email us at email@example.com!