What ever happend to separation of church and state? That's a great question and one that is greatly misunderstood.
As Christ followers we need to be "wise as serpents and innocent as doves" when it comes to serving others, especially in a public institution like a school.
So, does that mean that we should completely avoid volunteering in our schools?
YES and NO. Keep reading.
Yes, we should avoid volunteering in a school IF our agenda is NOT in line with our invitation. For example, the KEYS Mentoring Program is designed to connect kids with a caring adult and mentor to help them be successful in school and in life. This happens during instructional hours so there are some limitations to what you can and cannot discuss with a student. But, as we can see in Scripture, there are several ways to minsiter to others, but all of them have one thing in common- relationships. So, the first step should always be to build solid, respectful relationships and pray that God will use our caring influence to bless a student. Hopefully, they will see Christ in us through sacrificial service.
NO, we should not avoid volunteering in a school just becasue we are Christ followers. But, as a Christ follower, we need to be innocent as a dove. In other words, it doesnt matter how good your message is, you can't force it upon people and expect them to like it. Like most things, there is a right way and wrong way. The right way is to serve with a glad heart and the right attitude. Being a mentor is about serving a student, their school, and their family with the love of Christ that is evident by our actions and our commitment.
Still not convinced? Perhaps, it would help to look at this from a different angle. KATYISD has identified a legitimate community need. They have a process that screens, connects, and oversees their mentoring program. Everyone in our community is invited to serve one of our 80,000+ students, who by the way speak more than 100 languages. With that sort of diversity in our schools, there has to be some solid, equitable, and realistic checks and balances to protect both the students and the volunteers. So, the "C"hurch, as well everyone else, has an open invitation to do some good in our community that will last a lifetime.
Last question. What's it worth to have someone spend 30-45 minutes each week investing in you with no agenda?
If you said "priceless", you'd be right.
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