Released Time Christian Education Celebrates 100 Years!!
The Billy Graham Training Center in Ashville, North Carolina was the site of the 100th Anniversary of Released Time Christian Education programs throughout the United States! Program director Chantell Tibbets and assistant Joan Wasson joined over 150 other representatives from across the country to share two days of celebration of the faithfulness of God in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ in our public schools.
Keynote speaker Jim Daley, president of Focus on the Family, shared his personal connection to the Released Time program from his attendance as a 4th grader in Long Beach. It became a pivotal anchor to his understanding of God as he navigated a life in a dysfunctional and abusive family. Dr. Richard Blackaby also spoke on allowing the Spirit of God to guide each city’s program as they minister to the children’s unique needs.
“Make sure you are doing ‘God things’ not just ‘good things’ “, was the reminder to the leaders in attendance. “Good things” can fail or succeed, but “God things” will always succeed because they will have His power propelling it forward. And that is exactly what is being focused on as we begin our 62nd year of reaching the 4th and 5th grade students and their families in Orange with the love of Christ! The celebration was hosted by School Ministries, a national support organization for Released Time programs, including our program in Orange.