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Resources: Serve Your Neighbor

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Your Local Schools as Mission:
Resources to help you serve your neighbor
Our local schools provide many opportunities for mission within our own neighborhoods, and increasing numbers of churches support their local schools through ministries large and small. If your congregation is considering a school-focused initiative, these resources can help you take the first steps.
Lewis Center resources
Engaging Local Schools
If your congregation is considering a school-focused initiative, our Engaging Local Schools video resource can help you take the first steps. You will learn: why schools should matter to the church; how to discern a vision for supporting local schools; how to respond to the needs of your local schools by using the unique gifts that your church has to offer; models and best practices for ministries supporting students and teachers; and more. Engaging Local Schools is ecumenical and is designed both for self study and for use with groups in your church. Available in DVD/CD and downloadable formats. Learn more and watch introductory videos.
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50 Ways
50 Ways to Engage Local Schools
Learn practical, actionable strategies to help your congregation engage local schools better. Topics include Build Relationships and Trust, Cultivate Congregational Support and Awareness, Help Students Succeed, Support Parents and Family, and more. Learn more.

Effective Church-School Partnerships
Education reform advocate Nicole Baker Fulgham outlines some key lessons on what works and what doesn’t work in church-school partnerships, stressing the importance of building relationships and meeting genuine needs. Learn more.

Other resources
The ABCs of Back-to-School Outreach
Whether your congregation is large or small, Barbara Dunlap-Berg provides examples of creative ways to reach out to students and families in a new academic year. Learn more.

Partner Today
This website, a church/school partnership project of the Nashville Area of the United Methodist Church, features great ideas, resources, and success stories for all congregations. Learn more.

Back to School Resources
This website from the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church has resources for children, youth, and adults to help you prepare for the back to school season. It includes small-group studies, liturgy, books, prayers, and more! Learn more.

Church-School Partnerships
This website from the United Church of Christ offers valuable information on church-school partnerships. Topics include: What Can Your Church Do Through Partnership to Support Children, Teachers, and Your Public Schools?; Experiencing Public Schools, A Process of Immersion and Discernment; and Whose Child Left Behind? Why? Learn more.