Before contacting a school, assess your church:
There are several ways to choose a school*:
In order for a partnership to be successful and sustainable, the Pastor and Principal need to champion the partnership, no matter who eventually coordinates the activities.
Having these key leaders at this initial meeting communicates the importance of this partnership to both the church and school communities (which helps increase engagement from church volunteers and school staff members) and streamlines the decision-making process from the outset.
A church-school partnership is a bit like a dating relationship: take time to get to know each other – and then keep getting to know each other!
Now that you have a list of goals and ideas from the school, regroup with your church.
Set up a final planning meeting with the principal and appropriate staff.
You can start small, but start soon! Check out these Partnership Principles for more tips.