You cannot change tradition or culture. You cannot go against the roles of men and women in a society with thousands of years of traditions, habits and beliefs. Evolution is how living systems evolved and changed. Creation begins when the finger of God changes the direction and purpose of living properties and instills the image and likeness into a being. Changing the roles of girls and women throughout the world are evolutionary processes. The creation is a different process. Colleges must be set up to help this process. Colleges do not threaten tradition and do not attack belief systems, colleges provide different pathways to developing an understanding of the mind of God. The creator wants the creations to be made in its image and likeness. Colleges encourages thinking in the image and likeness of God. Colleges takes individuals on journeys where few have gone before. Every Church, large or small should become a College. Family Values College, Occupational Skills College, Life Skills and Health Care College, Intergenerational Colleges, Preparatory And Learning Support Systems. Colleges must become the creation step in the evolutionary path of man.

HOW TO SET UP A CHURCH BASED SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING MATH PROGRAM

 

 

Christian churches[1] must become more actively involved in the education of its members.

Churches have a vested interest in local school systems. If the schools fail, members of the congregation will transfer their membership to neighborhood and churches in other locations. This will directly affect the bottom line of church operations.

 

Churches with active program ministries focus less time on conflict issues[2] such as music and sermon delivery.

 

The program encourages the use of college students working in the education and medical field. This will provide a valuable source of staff that could contribute significantly to the program.

 

Getting Started

 

Plan a meeting with the church council and governing board of the church, and secure the permission, in writing, to start out reach programs. Decide who will be the religious leader responsible for the supervision of the program. Decide how much money[3] the church can commit to the beginning operation of the program. Decide who can and cannot work in the program. Individuals with past records of legal concern will not be able to work in the program. This is important. God forgives, society does not.[4] This is not the place to debate the issue.

 

The Church must make a compromise between state requirements, and the requirements of their denomination, if any. It is better to lean in the direction of state requirements, it will be easier to get the program approved, and the insurance[5] guidelines will be satisfied.

 

If you plan to teach academic subjects,[6] teach academic subjects, and have a different religious person come in and provide religious instructions.

 

You cannot discriminate with respect to race, class, ethnicity, gender or national origin.

 

New programs should not be offered to students with behavior challenges, or challenging health needs. This requires the qualification of professionals with specific skills. This could add significantly to your cost factor. This population can be included, after some record of success and experience.

 

The Board of directors will decide the when, where, how, what and who of the operations.

 

When:

 

When will the programs planning start?[7] When will the marketing start? When will the interviewing and hiring of staff start? When will financial arrangements be made? When will contract for staff be made and signed? When will the deadline for turning in all papers and credentials for employment? When will staff orientation start?

 

Where:

 

Where will be the exact location of the program? Where will the children meet? Where will the staff meet, during and after work hours? Where are the children permitted to go?[8] Where are the emergency and fire exits located? Where is this information posted? Where will the records for the fire department and state be located? Where will the administrative offices be located? Where will the personal and confidential files of all staff members and children are located?

 

How:

 

How will money be obtained to start the program? How will the church attract children to the program? How will the staff be obtained? How will the staff’s qualification be verified? How will the location of the program be arranged? How will the parents pay for the service? How will the staff be paid for their service? How will materials and supplies be brought into the church? How will the decision be made with respect to what can and cannot be used or taught in the church center program? If you hire a professional, he or she will handle all of these concerns. If you do not hire professional, then church meetings, conflicts and concerns will be used to make the decisions.

 

 

 

What type of program does the church want? Who will be the individuals responsible for these program operations? The pastor should have a ministry support team available to assume the leadership and spiritual oversee of the programs. It is strongly advised that professional staff be hired to operate the program. Individuals with state certification in the education field will be able to operate the programs. Social workers will also be able to operate the programs. Nurses should also be able to operate the program. Individuals who have had some training in understanding the complexities of human behavior, and how to handle crisis situations should be considered for hiring.

Records are very important in America. The church must protect itself; therefore, it is necessary to require weekly reports to be submitted to the church. Log records should be kept of any and all daily activity in the church. This means any and all who enter and leave the church and the intended purpose of any trip.

 

There should be a sign in- and sign out sheet for all individuals using the church facilities. A special security person should be on the doors to handle this area. During the time the children are in the church, there should be an assigned entrance for the children and their parents. It is advised that churches print up identification cards for the children in the program. This identification should be around the neck and visible at all times when the child is in the building. Visitors should be discouraged from coming into the church to wait on other children. The church should know at all times that are in the building. It may be helpful to have a security camera to record the activity of individuals using church property. The tapes from the security camera should be kept on file in the church office. The pastor should regularly review the camera and the tapes to see that the activities in the church are being conducted with the religious intent of the church and its mission. Churches of the 21st century are very different today. Churches must be in a position to protect itself. It has a legal responsibility to do so. Pastors have an added responsibility of knowing what is going on in the church, and how best to address the needs of the church

 

                 The pastor or his/her representative should view these logs daily. All records relating to staff should be kept in locked files. Computer files are the property of the church, and Internet use should be made under supervision. The state can and does come in frequently to look at files. They are very concerned with written and up to date records. One individual should be hired to maintain and record all records. Any and all events taking place in the church should be reported to the pastor, in person and in writing. In the event of an emergency,[9] call the pastor first, and then upon instructions notify local authorities. In health emergencies, call 911/ notify pastor and get instructions. Permission forms for emergency care for children should be on file for each child. Medicals and medical histories should be available for each child. Staff cannot handle children with challenging behavior needs and secure the safety of other children. Plan fire drills, and have a record of all fire drills.

 

                 Fire drills are important. Have one every three months. Keep written record of all drills. Children must be trained to respond quickly to supervisor and drill instructions. Staff and children must know where to go and wait in the event of an emergency. These drills must be taken seriously. Children, who do not take drills seriously, should be dismissed from the program. Parents will hold the church accountable for any accidents. If you cannot control a child, dismiss him or her from the program. Many churches are reluctant to have out reach or after-school programs because they are concerned with legal problems and responsibility. Churches can reduce their liability chances, by carefully selecting the children who participate in the program. It is better to say no to a parent of a child with challenging behavior needs, than to meet that parent in court over a legal battle. The parent will say, if the church did not have the professional staff to handle the child, then why did they register the child and permit him or her to participate in the program? Children with challenging behavior needs should be recommended to other programs in the community with the staff and resources to address the needs of the child and his parents. Do not bring high needs children into new programs.

 

 

 

If the decision is made to serve food or snacks, careful record of preparation and sanitary codes must be on file. Avoid serving products with nuts, many children have allergies, there should be records of these allergies on file.

 

Safety and Security;

 

Do not place anyone in a position working with children who has had a substance abuse problem.

 

Do not place anyone in a position working with children, who cannot pass an FBI background check.

 

It is the law; any person working with children is obligated to attend Child Abuse Identification and Reporting class. A record of attendance must be on file in the church. All individuals working with young children are required to report to a supervisor any suspicion of child abuse.

 

All young children must be in the presence of female workers at all times. Male workers can be hired, but there must always be a female presence when working with young children. This female can and should be a member of the church who volunteers to be on service for the church. Senior citizens would be an excellent volunteer source for this position.

 

Do not place individuals who have to do community service[10] in programs working with children. They can work in clerical, maintenance or security staff, but not directly involved with children.

 

Security:

 

Security is a very important issue. There should be a list of who enters and leaves the building. All individuals entering the building should have identification. There should be a sign in, and sign out list, listing the intended destination. Visitors should not be permitted in children’s area. Parents must give written permission for their children to be picked up by anyone other than themselves.

 

The church should reserve the right to dismiss any youth who becomes abusive. The safety and security of all individuals suggest that pastors and program directors pay careful attention to individuals permitted to participate in the programs. It is suggested that the pastor, and the director of the program have an interview with each individual considering applying for the program. If in the judgment of the pastor, this individual could benefit from pastoral counseling rather than program participation, then the pastor should suggest further meeting with the individual and his or her family.

 

Do not accept into the program any individual who does not want to be involved in the program, but is being forced by parents or legal authorities. These individuals can and usually do cause conflicts in the program. Conflict community issues should not be handled in church programs. They should be handled in pastoral counseling sessions. Problematic family issues should also be handled in pastoral counseling sessions. Youth programs are not the place to settle turf wars or gang disputes. If parents think that there is conflict in church programs, they will take their children out.

 

Pastors should not permit their programs to be therapy sessions for troubled youth. This will destroy the program, and make it impossible for the church to reach the greatest number of people for God. The staff of the programs does not have the skills to work with troubled youth. The pastor should help the youth and his family handles the trouble, and if and when the pastor feels a youth can benefit from the programs, should the youth be registered. All youth using the building should have security passes. The police department should be notified of the development of a new church program for youth. Many police officers would be willing to volunteer, or hired as a staff member.

 

Staff Selection:

 

Try to select strong men with teaching credentials. Children respond well to tall strong men. There are men returning from military service who would make excellent youth church workers. It is also an opportunity to get them into the church. If they feel that the church needs them, and they can contribute to the churches work, many will be happy to serve. It is important for a female to be included in all programs with children.

 

Multi cultural and Multi racial staff.

 

There are individuals from other cultures and religions who could add dimension to your program. Try not to make your program ethno- centric, it usually does not work. A religious centered program works very well. When children are taught to respect all religions, it tends to make them strong in their own traditional religion. The pastor should have the responsibility of religious education, and he or she should visit frequently to provide any needed instructions.

 

Hire the best, and pay the best you can afford. You get what you pay for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The categories of assignments for the seminary students should be:

 

Director[11], this individual will research what it means to be a project leader.

 

Assistant Director[12], this individual will have the responsibility of seeing to it that all assignments are completed and all the clients are served.

 

Field Representative:[13]  

 

  1. Investigate the resources available in the community through local government agencies.

 

  1. Notify the local government agencies and the church of any and all activities involved in the program.

 

  1. Coordinating resources among agencies and individuals.

 

Bookkeeper and administrative assistant:

 

  1. Records of all transactions, schedules and time cards.

 

Youth workers:[14]

 

 

Certified Religious teacher:[15]

 

  1. Will have the legal and academic responsibility of directly interacting with youth and children in the program. This individual will have child security clearance necessary for anyone working directly with children.

 

Child safety staff:[16]

 

6 These are individuals who work in different locations throughout the program. The assignment is to see to it that no individual, other than the certified teacher is left alone with any child.

 

Staff Developer:[17]

 

7.Has the responsibility of training any and all individuals working in the program.

 

It is suggested that a training retreat be planned several weeks before the opening up of a program. At this time a completely formulated plan will be developed for the successful implementation of the program.

 

 

 

 

 

STAFF CHART & RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Director:[18]

 

Budget & Funding;

Staff Orientation, Development, Supervision, Program Philosophy, Design, Planning, Scheduled Transportation[19]

Select students[20] for program

Maintain all Federal State and local guidelines with respect to certification and license

Supervise the overall operation of program

Handle matters of concern relating to program, staff and consultants

Decision with respect to hiring and dismissal of staff or program participants

Supervise and approve all curriculums[21]

Purchase all materials and supplies for program

Work with Field Representative in program development

 

Assistant Director:[22]

 

Assist the director and Field Representative

Program operations

Attend and supervise all programs and trips

Coordinate Middle School student activities. Supervise seniors assistants, Make schedules, assist in administration as necessary

 

Field Representative/ Program Coordinator:[23]

 

Coordinate relationship with program partners.

Coordinate with local school districts

Coordinate workshops and sites

Coordinate educational projects and community resource bank.

Investigate, approve and make arrangements with all sites and responsible staff. Secure license from the state.

 

Administrative Assistant/Secretary:

 

Administrative records

Assist director and Field representative with scheduling, recruitment and records.

Make arrangement for financial compensation of youth workers.

Make arrangement for payroll responsibility by outside agency.

Record permission forms and medical data

 

Program Coordinator

 

Work with the Director of Center

Planning and program design.

 

 

[1] Every church should become a learning center. Every church should have an after-school center. If the schools cannot or will not educate the children’ then the church must.

[2] Churches that meet the present day needs of its members usually do not have time to focus on gossip or toxic relationships in the church. Members can come together around the issue of saving the children.

[3] The church should plan to take up a separate offering for a few weeks before starting the program. This will provide the resources needed to get the program started. Some churches are to small to support a program on its own, therefore, churches should consider partnering with other churches and share staff and resources. There should always be a fee charged to the parents for the service. This will make it possible for the church to hire qualified staff. Members in the church can also sponsor families, which may not be able to afford the program. If you take government funds, you must follow the additional guidelines required by the government. With government funds, you will not be able to exclude youth with problematic behaviors. Seek private funding if possible. The public schools are government institutions, if they are not successful in educating the children, then you should be concerned with their involvement in your church’s program.

[4] This is not the place for individuals who have made changes in their lives. There are other areas in the church where they can work. Do not hire or permit individuals with changed lives, to work as volunteers.

[5] Review your church’s insurance coverage. It may be necessary to increase your coverage for out reach programs. Make sure your policy covers trips away from the church. Church members may want to operate the programs, however, if problems occur or an accident happens, the qualification of the personnel may play a significant role in any event. People do sue churches. A church is a corporation. It is a business, it is God’s business, but people run it. Protect your church with the proper coverage. God will not do it. The pastor and the Board of Directors must secure the coverage.

[6] Math, science and technology programs require individuals with demonstrated competencies in these areas. Try to hire individuals with different skill areas. Staff members who have a background in the art and music field can be very helpful. If you hire a certified teacher, these individuals will have the broad skills necessary to make a successful program. They may cost more; the high salary cost will pay off in the end.

[7] Planning is very important. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. All planning records must be submitted to the pastor and the board for approval. After the program has been approved. The pastor should submit the program to the legal counsel of the church for overview. It is the responsibility of the lawyer to protect the church. People do sue for mistakes. Your kindness may cost the church a great deal of money.

[8] Children must be taught how to act and behave in religious buildings. They must be taught how to act in the Nave or Sanctuary. Children should never be permitted to go into any part of the church without supervision. The Nave or Sanctuary can be used for classes; however, many pastors and congregations are reluctant to permit individuals to use the pulpit. This decision is up to the pastor. I suggest that the pulpit be considered sacred, and used only on special occasions, and only with the permission of the pastor. Social halls and other areas of the church would be a better location, but some churches are very small and must use what they have.

[9] In the event of an emergency, notify the pastor. If a child must receive emergency care, the teacher, or assistant director must go with the child to the hospital, and stay with the child until the parent arrives. The benefit of hiring a certified teacher is that the teacher has the legal responsibility to act in the position of the parent when the parent is not present. The teacher and or the assistant director always carry a copy of the emergency permission form when the group is away from the church. The church also has a copy of emergency procedures. It is important that the staff be trained to know what are the emergency procedures, and what are the steps of command in the event of an emergency. The pastor must know at all times what is going on in the church and the church’s programs. The administrative staff of the program: the director, assistant director and field representative, have the authority and responsibility to act for the pastor and the church.

[10] Courts like to assign offenders to church and youth programs. If your church is receiving government funds, you may have to comply. Refuse if possible to accept probationary individuals into programs working with children. These individuals can work in other areas of the church, or could be assigned to a sister church with programs not involving children. The NO you say could save your program, and prevent the destruction of your church’s program. Many programs fail because they did not know how to refuse to accept individuals into their programs for which they did not have the qualifications to assist. The government is not interested in the success of your program, or the changing and saving of children’s future and lives. They are interested in compliance in program service to all people.

[11] Degree required, education or nursing or social work

[12] Degree required, Administration, Supervision

[13] College degree required. Good people skills required. Good administrative skills required.

[14] This is an excellent opportunity to use youth in the congregation. College students or high school students may also be used in this position.

[15] College degree required. It is recommended that this individual has had a strong math, science and technology background. This individual must also provide proof that Child Abuse awareness class has been completed. Medical and recent TB test must be on file. Pay this person well. This individual has the authority to speak to parents. If there are problems, contact the pastor. Never make medical statements with respect to a child’s ability or perceived health needs. Request that parents take child to a medical or educational evaluator to determine needs. Do not accept sick children into program or in an environment where other children are located. Sick children must be isolated from other children, and should submit a note from a doctor after any illness. Do not accept the responsibility of administering any medication to students, even with the parent’s permission. If there are medical personnel, then written permission may be given to this individual. All records must be kept in the office file. Teacher and administrative staff must avoid coming in contact with blood. Use gloves in the event of any accident. Teachers may use water on any accident or give child a drink of water. Teacher must report any indication of child abuse to the director and or pastor. Teacher should not speak to parent, or call in suspicion. The director or pastor should do this. Parents should indicate, in writing who can and cannot pick up children, or if children have permission to walk home alone.

[16] Use the two-rule requirement. Two adults must be present at all times when children are present in the building. One person must be a female. Senior citizens in the church or community could file this position. Provide a monthly stipend for these individuals.

[17] This individual can be a consultant, or the director or assistant director can assume this responsibility.

 

 

 

[18] This individual can be a teacher, nurse or social worker. The pastor can also assume this responsibility, if the church is small. If the congregation is large, the pastor may not have the time to take on this responsibility. Other ministers and or religious education teacher can also handle this position.

[19] Any individual hired to transport children, must have special CDL. Students may not be transported without an assistant in the car or van. The state has written guidelines for transportation of students.

[20] As tempting as it may be to want to include all children in your program, there are some children, who require special professional assistance. If a child is hostile, avoid including him or her in the program until after some record of success. Parents should not force the program on children.

[21] The pastor should know what is being taught in the church. The church can be held legally accountable for materials taught in its buildings. Avoid programs addressing sexual behaviors, the state is clear with respect to what can and cannot be taught to young children. Staff may not teach their own political views or views on sexual behaviors.

[22] This individual is responsible for running the program. A master scheduled should be in the office with the location of each individual in the program. The assistant director goes on all outside trips, and carries a copy of all information relating to each student. This includes, emergency numbers, and special restrictions for each student. Each student must have a signed form giving permission to go on local trips, and to receive emergency treatment if necessary. The parent must sign this form. The assistant director has the voice and authority of the director and the pastor. Churches with multi sites, should hire an assistant director for each site. The field representative will coordinate the activities between the different sites. The director, assistant director and field representative are top salary positions. These individuals can also serve as site teacher if needed.

[23] This individual is responsible for all the paper and legal correspondence dealing with the state. The pastor must be kept informed of any and all events going on in the church. The field representative should keep the pastor informed of any legal concerns. Written reports should be submitted to the church monthly.

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