Released-Time Bible Education classes offer students a safe venue to ask questions without fear or ridicule. In this safe environment, students are challenged to think about their beliefs and define their “plumb line” for defining right and wrong and evaluating the challenges and choices they face daily.
Students receive substantial Bible instruction time:
- 135 hours of Bible instruction per semester for high school students.
- 68 hours of Bible instruction per semester for middle school students.
- Compare: An adult attending one church service weekly receives 52 hours of “instruction” per year.
Our Mission Field:
- Horry County has more than 21,000 middle and high school students. (www.publicschoolreview.com)
- 57% of Horry County population is NOT affiliated with a religious congregation. (www.city-data.com)
- Among Coastal School Ministries’ students, 40% of middle school students report not attending church. That number soars to 60% among our high school students.
- Barna Research Group documents that 2 out of 3 Born Again Christians accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior before their 18th birthday.
- Christianity Today reported trends indicating the majority of youth across the nation will stop going to church by their 18th birthday and disengage from religion by the time they are 29.
- Only 20% of the US population read the Bible once a week. (George Gallup, Jr., and D. Michael Lindsey, Surveying the Religious Landscape, Morehouse, 1999)
"How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15
What we Teach
The Bible is the primary textbook for all classes.
Curriculum highlights for each semester include:
- Who Am I? (Psalm 139)
- Bible basics including Books of the Bible; How to look up scripture; Where did the Bible come from?, etc.
- Overview of 10 Bible topics:
Creation and the Fall
Noah and Abraham - Flood and Covenant
Kings and Prophets
Transition to New Testament
Birth and Life of Christ
Death and Resurrection of Christ
Life and Letters of Paul
Wise Up: God's Wisdom for Life Choices by Mark Reed (www.positiveaction.org)
Firm Foundations: Creation to Christ by Trevor McIlwain
Bible Survey Course Curriculum obtained from Mooresville High School and produced by Bible in the School Press, Inc.
Life in View of Eternity: Quest for Christ-Likeness by Ron Handley, Gordon Thiessen, and Luke Bowers (www.characterthatcounts.org)
The Bible and Its Influence by The Bible Literacy Project, 2006 (www.bibleliteracy.org)
Benefits of Released-Time Bible Education classes:
- The Bible offers a worldview grounded in HOPE - life has meaning and purpose beyond accumulation of wealth and/or cultivation of status.
- Youth receive a strong foundation for moral and ethical character.
- Biblical foundation leads students to be a positive part of their community – improved relationship with family and friends, improved respect for authority and their peers and reduction in risk-taking behavior.
- Partnership with community churches helps connect students who often bring their families as well.
- “Students in Released Time programs perform better than their classmates as a whole in almost every category.” (Monique W. Morris, Garry Krisberg, Sharan Shanoa, 2003. Summary of Findings: Released Time Bible Education. Columbia, SC; Oakland, SC; School Ministries; National Council on Crime and Delinquency.)