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Tutoring Programs
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One in ten Adventist local churches provides tutoring as a community service for children in their community. That is less than half the 24% of congregations of all faiths who are involved in tutoring and similar literacy programs for neighborhood children across the U.S.

The low involvement by Adventist churches in this highly needed community service is somewhat surprising, considering how important reading is to the Adventist faith. In fact, in 1994 Adventist Community Services and the Youth Volunteer Network, both agencies of the North American Division of the General Conference, participated in the President’s Summit on Community Service in Philadelphia and made a commitment to involve Adventist churches in the national priorities for tutoring and after-school programs coordinated by Colin Powell.

Quality resource materials have been developed by the Adventist denomination for community-based tutoring and after-school programs. A full-time specialist is on staff at the North American Division who provides training for conferences and local ministries interested in starting tutoring projects.

Discussion Questions:

1. Has our congregation ever provided tutoring or literacy programs for children and/or teens? Did we do it on our own or in cooperation with another organization?

2. Is there a need for this type of community service in our neighborhood?

3. Should we appoint someone or a small advisory to explore the need for this kind of service and the interest of our members in volunteering?

For additional insight into trends within the Adventist Church, you should study the Adventist Congregations Today book and CD-R.

Paul Richardson
Executive Director
Center for Creative Ministry

Creative Pastor e-Newsletter, February 3, 2006, Center for Creative Ministry