The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) launched a churchwide initiative calling on Presbyterians to work with partners in the U.S. and worldwide to improve the quality of education for 1 million children by 2020. This initiative builds on our strong Reformed heritage and Presbyterian history of both educational mission and advocacy and support for access to public education. On the national level, this initiative will center around 2 major foci:
- Strengthening early childhood education
- Reducing the dropout rate of adolescents
Join us as we identify and share best practices and resources for local educational mission; support public education policy at the national, state, and local levels; train and equip new leaders for child advocacy; and connect with others in our common call to walk alongside our children as they live into their identities as children of God.
During their 2015–2018 triennium, Presbyterian Women’s justice and peace work will focus on developing and strengthening children’s literacy. Because many peace and justice issues—poverty, discrimination, abuse, violence, exploitation, marginalization, imprisonment, unequal access to opportunity—are related to lack of education, PW has created a number of resources to assist PW groups and individuals in reading with children, tutoring, strengthening community initiatives for literacy and advocating for schools and children.
The Educate a Child Toolkit
Want to start an education-oriented ministry in your congregation but don’t know where to begin? Already have an education program but want to be more effective? Involved in direct service but looking for a way to participate in local education advocacy? Have great ideas for a ministry but looking for funding sources? Check out the resources in this toolkit!
How to Contribute
Give to the Pentecost Offering.
Consider using the 40% that stays with your local congregation to start up an educational ministry in your community or to send members to a leadership training event.
Learn more about the Pentecost Offering.