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Guidelines For Starting a Bible Club In Your School
The Following Are Suggested Steps for Starting a Bible Club In Your School.
- A Bible Club must be initiated by a student. One student should talk to friends to see if there is an interest in starting a club. The students should share ideas about the club. What will the club do? What is the purpose? How often will the club meet?
- After the idea for the club has been formulated one or two students should ask a school employee to be a sponsor. Meet with the sponsor to share your ideas. Not all schools require a sponsor so talk to member of other clubs to see if they have a sponsor.
- Prepare a constitution which states the clubs name and purpose. A constitution can be anything from one paragraph to several pages. A model constitution can be provided upon request from Liberty Counsel by calling 800-671-1776.
- One or two student leaders of the club should meet with the principal or the vice principal in charge of clubs. Present your request to form a club and your constitution at this meeting.
- The school should then consider your request and give you guidance for beginning your meetings.
SUMMARY OF EQUAL ACCESS
- Equal access means equal treatment.
- Religious clubs must be treated equally and receive identical benefits afforded to the secular clubs.
- Religious clubs may meet during class time if secular clubs meet during class time.
- Must be student initiated and student led
- May have a teacher sponsor.
- May bring in outside speakers.
- May receive school funding if school funding is provided form other non-curricular clubs.
- May advertise and promote religious meetings if other secular clubs are allowed to advertise and promote their meetings.
- May not be denied access unless specific evidence that the club materially and substantially interferes with the normal operation of the school.