Church-Based Schools

American families and churches are facing a crisis. We need trustworthy, biblically grounded, family-friendly, evangelistically minded institutions to sustain, defend, and advance the gospel. If your church has a building, you should consider hosting a school.

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Why should my church host a Christian school?

If your church has a building—any kind of physical facility—you have the opportunity to host some kind of weekday school that is linked to, and in partnership with, your neighborhood church, including:

  • A homeschool co-op
  • An after-school program
  • A Christian school
  • A non-traditional school

On average, a student spends 1,350 hours in a classroom per year.

There’s no other environment given greater time to disciple and invest in the hearts and minds of students educating for life and preparing for eternity.

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Where should our church start?

As you think about hosting or starting a Christian school, you must first consider:

  • Discipleship needs of the families in your congregation
  • Current education professionals in your church
  • Unused space during the week
  • Potential community impact

Helpful Resources

The Education Reformation
The Education Reformation eBook
While parents are considering education options for their kids, many churches have buildings suitable for schools—spaces that sit unused throughout the week. If you have a building, then you could start a Christian school.
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Case Studies
Starting a church-based school can take many forms, and every church’s context is different. These case studies overview real-life examples of how churches have started different types of Christian schools.
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A Case for Church-Based Schools
Join us July 16, 2024, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET for a discussion on starting church-based schools. Presenters include Trevin Wax, Larry Taylor, and Steve Whitaker.

Education models range from traditional to digital.

We are working with ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) to help answer
your questions and to provide additional guidance based on your church’s context.

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NAMB has partnered with the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) which serves many SBC churches. For more than 40 years, ACSI has faithfully lived out its mission around the world: “To strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ.” ACSI is committed to Christian schools and educators as they deal with today’s challenging times.