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Why Released Time Bible Education?

Please take a few minutes to watch this video. It provides a complete overview of the Released Time program.
Our Children Need:

  • Purpose and meaning for their lives beyond the accumulation of wealth or achievement of social and/or professional status.
  • Safe venues where they can ask deeply challenging and sensitive questions without fear or censure.
  • Bible education that prepares them to be responsible adults, contributing community citizens and Godly teachers.

What is Released Time?

Released Time Bible Education is a unique program whereby students may leave school to attend off-campus Bible classes during the school day.

Is Released Time Legal?

In 1952, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld RTBE programs as legal in all 50 states (Zorach v. Clauson). The three requirements for an RTBE program to be legal are: 1. Parental permission must be given. 2. Instruction must take place off school grounds. 3. No state resources may be used.

Released Time Programs Benefits:

As the culture becomes darker and darker, Released Time Bible Education becomes more and more important.  We are now reaching out to a generation of children who have no compass for right and wrong and are Biblically illiterate…a generation that is unchurched yet hungers for answers.  Now more than ever our public schools are ripe for harvest as a mission field and Released Time fills that need.


Finn Laursen, Executive Director of large teachers’ association