On June 11, 2001 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Good News ClubsŪ v. Milford Central School that Good News Clubs can meet in public schools after school hours on the same terms as other community groups.
Although CEF® has many strong outreach ministries to children, After-School and Release Time Good News Clubs are especially important. We work in cooperation with public schools to supplement the children's education with biblical principles. Sound Bible teaching not only helps children grow spiritually, it also has a positive impact on their personal and home life, school performance and decision-making skills.
Churches nationwide are adopting public schools for Good News Club ministry. To learn about adopting a school in your area click on the box above. Your church can reach out to your community through after-school Good News Clubs!
Each week the teachers present an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press®. This action-packed time with the children also includes songs, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson's theme.
As with all CEF ministries, the purpose of after-school Good News Clubs is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living. To accomplish this goal, each club includes a clear presentation of the Gospel and an opportunity for children to trust Jesus as Savior. Each club also includes strong discipleship training to build character and strengthen moral and spiritual growth. All clubbers are encouraged to attend a local church.
Our school club year runs from September 1 to August 31. For the 2014-2015 club year, CEF of Michigan held 146 after-school and release time clubs with 3,921 children attending. There were 645 professions of faith and 99 children began attending church.