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By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director

On occasion I have mused with a few other staff about value and benefits of Joy El's Released Time Bible Program. I asked the question, "What would we lose if Released Time ceased to exist?" We received some really clear insights as to the value of the program. Before you read on, I suggest you take a few moments to jot the thoughts that come to your mind.

Here are just a few of the things we would lose (the benefits):

Every student receives mentoring by caring adults. They are the love of Christ to the students week after week.

Students develop spiritual authenticity through the intergenerational relationships. Research has shown this is one key reason that children will develop a faith that sticks long-term.  

Biblical principles are taught from God's Word. These truths help the students to grow in godly character and guide them in living lives that are pleasing to God. This positive influence rubs off on their friends and family members.