8 in 10 American youth don't attend church...
...but 9 in 10 attend public schools.
What does this mean? Reaching youth with the gospel in today's culture is a challenge. Since most students aren't inside church walls, why not go where they are?
Stand For Truth Academies takes advantage of the only legal way to provide Bible education to public school students during school hours.
How It Works
The Mission Field
There is a mission field in our own back yard, the public schools. We believe students, families, communities and the world can be changed by the power of God's Word!
By law, students have the opportunity to leave school each week for Bible education if the program is 1-privately funded, 2-off school property and 3-the students have parental permission.
Now approximately 95% of elementary students at our pilot program receive Bible education weekly and we have begun the process of offering classes to MS and HS as well!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Studying the Bible during school hours?!?! How on earth can this be legal?
A: The legality of Released Time Religious Education has been upheld by the US Supreme Court for more than 60 years. Specific state policies vary. For example, Ohio law, HB 171 (ORC 3313.6022) was passed in the Ohio legislature and signed into law by the Governor. The law allows public school students to receive elective Biblical instruction during the school day, under the following conditions:
1) Parental permission is required for child’s participation.
2) Program must be held off site of school premises.
3) No government funds can be used for this program.
Q: What are students being taught at SFT Academies?
A: Simply put, they are being taught to read and study the Bible. If you'd like, you can read our Statement of Faith.
Q: How can I get involved?
A: There are three main ways you can get involved:
1) Donate - Our goal is to raise $500,000 by the end of 2018 to invest in the staff, infrastructure and curriculum necessary launch SFT Academies nationwide. You can donate securely here.
2) Share the video - Help this idea go viral! Share the 5-minute video on Facebook, email it to everyone you let's get the word out!
3) Start an SFT Academy in your area - If you'd like to see the students of your local public school impacted, we'd love the opportunity to talk with you about the opportunity. Just submit a contact form here.
Your Next Steps To Make An Impact:
With the concept proven in the pilot program, we are currently identifying several communities to be the first wave of SFT Academies. Our goal is to raise $500,000 by Jan 1, 2019 to invest in the infrastructure, curriculum and staff necessary to begin planting programs across the country. Will you join us in reaching the next generation? Every little bit helps fund the mission and spread the word.
Step #1: Donate
Very few people know about this amazing opportunity to reach the next generation with God's Word. Share this with others and help it go viral! Post the video on Facebook, email everyone you know, and let's do this together!
Step #2: Share It.
We know what you're thinking. You'd like to see an Academy in your community. So would we. Share the idea with your church and others. Also, be sure to reach out to us to begin a conversation about planting a program near you!
Step #3: Start One
Stand For Truth Academies is division of Stand For Truth, a nonprofit 501c3 ministry | PO Box 1179 Hilliard, OH 43026 | Copyright 2018