School Ministries Products Center

Interested in learning more about School Ministries and Released Time Bible Education (RTBE)? Boards, Executive Directors and teachers from across the country have over the years given us feedback as to the greatest needs their programs have. The items here in the Products Center are built around their most requested needs. Specific items such as program documents, forms and special articles are only available in the Members' Zone for SMI members. Our members have access to a growing body of information about RTBE, including sample documents for every phase of your program and articles designed to help you become more effective in running a Released Time program. Looking for a manual order form? Click here.

First Steps Kit

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The First Steps Kit is designed to put information about Released Time into the hands of potential leaders. The items found in the pack are helpful in answering basic Released Time questions, introducing ways to plan your program, providing legal reassurance, and describing how the program brings hope and transformed lives to young people. Why Use It? To learn about the nuts and bolts of Released Time. To build or expand a successful Released Time program. To educate others about how Released Time benefits the community and the nation. This kit may be purchased separately or upon joining School Ministries as an Affiliate, the kit is provided free of charge along with your School Ministries annual membership. Included: School Ministries Handbook:  A comprehensive guide to starting a Released Time program. This guidebook is also helpful when used in conjunction with the SMI Members' Zone on this website (SMI Affiliate programs are provided access to this part of the website.) A three-part DVD that includes: 1. "Line By Line" illustrated video detailing the history of Released Time and how to start a program. 2.  An overview of School Ministries and Released Time Bible Education that includes personal testimonies. 3.  Pennsylvania's Bible2School director interviews School Ministries' Executive Director about the importance of Released Time in the United States and how to operate a successful Christian Released Time program.  School Ministries Brochure: A concise brochure that gives an overview of Released Time. Tales of Grace in a Time of Violence: How Released Time Bible Education breaks the cycle of violence in our public schools and brings hope to youth. Keeping it Legal - Released Time Religious Education, The Legal Foundation: An essential component in building a strong Released Time program. This booklet explains the history and legality of Released Time education, and also answers commonly asked questions about issues in the field of Released Time.

School Ministries Handbook

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This handbook is a great tool for leadership teams to get started on planning a Released Time Program.

This handbook is the most valuable tool any starting Released Time program can have. In a very detailed manual, each and every step necessary to begin and run a successful program is outlined.

At each step, an example case study is presented, goals are outlined, and a list of necessary actions is compiled. With this handbook, determination, and prayer, anyone can start a Released Time program in their community.

Guide to Teacher Recruitment and Retention

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A practical guide designed to save RTBE programs much time and effort. It brings together in an organized fashion al the significant issues and concerns related to recruiting teachers and giving them the information and guidance needed to support their success. The first part of the Guide is designed for RTBE board members and executive directors who oversee the hiring and supervision of RTBE teachers. The second part addresses program operations and should be used as a guide for developing an employee handbook.

School Ministries Video Collection: Three-part DVD!

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This new three-part DVD features SMI staff, Released Time students, teachers, administrators, and leaders. Each part of this DVD clearly defines the overwhelming benefits of Released Time education in a practical and clear manner. This three-part DVD includes three videos: 1. "Line By Line" illustrated video detailing the history of Released Time and how to start a program. 2.  An overview of School Ministries and Released Time Bible Education that includes personal testimonies. 3.  Pennsylvania's Bible2School director interviews School Ministries' Executive Director about the importance of Released Time in the United States and how to operate a successful Christian Released Time program.   Why Use It? Clear, upbeat interviews. Provides the history and importance of Released Time in the United States. A great way to inform potential leaders. Great for school officials.

Keeping It Legal: Released Time Religious Education: The Legal Foundation

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This easy-to-read document addresses the major legal issues that need to be accounted for when starting or implementing a Released Time education program. Carefully documented, it provides the historical and legal background of Released Time programs. It can be helpful in explaining the legality of Released Time education programs to church, community and school personnel. It makes clear what keeps a program legal.

Keeping It Legal brings together in one document the legal history of Released Time Religious Education and legal issues related to current program operations.

It includes a Q&A for often asked questions and is included in the First Steps Kit.

Summary of Findings: National Council on Crime and Delinquency

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Summary of Findings reports the educational and behavioral benefits of Released Time Bible Education.

Released Time Bible Education: A program that improves academic performance in public schools and builds a foundation for positive character development.

The report evaluated the Oakland California Released Time Bible Education Program. It finds that enrolled students perform better in almost every academic category than non-enrolled students and show significant increase in three major literacy skills. Students also receive positive moral and character development and the program provides positive interaction with at-risk youth that historically have contributed to delinquency.

The report is filled with graphs and charts that visually and mathematically evaluate the findings. Paul Harvey, famous journalist and radio broadcaster, marveled at the benefits of the Oakland Released Time program when he found out about the report. He later featured the results of the report on his daily News and Comment radio broadcast. The results of this study are undeniable.

This report is a perfect tool to present the need for more successful academic programs to school officials. The report highlights the academic benefits of Released Time in a manner that school officials can relate to. These benefits make a compelling case for any school board or principal to start Released Time in their school.

Why Use It?

  • Shows the educational improvement of children who participate in Released Time
  • Nationally recognized study
  • Helps school officials make decision
  • Amazing Statistics and Figures

Hardwired to Connect: Commission on Children at Risk

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Hardwired to Connect reports the psychological and physiological benefits of Religious Education. This report was done by experts from YMCA of the USA, Dartmouth Medical School, and the Institute for American Values.

The 83-page report done by a 33-member panel comprised of children's doctors, research scientists, mental health professionals, and youth service professionals found that children's brains are hardwired for a certain level of social and spiritual connectedness.

The panel also identifies that today's society is lacking in fostering for this connectedness, and therefore today's children are suffering. This suffering is linked to an increase in rates of depression, anxiety, attention deficit, conduct disorders, suicidal thoughts, and other serious mental, emotional, and behavioral problems.

Imagine telling principals that by allowing Released Time in their schools, they are giving their students a life that can be free of the dreadful problems listed. When you are presenting the need for Released Time Bible Education to school officials, the findings of this report are crucial in proving need for more moral and spiritual development in a child's education.

Why Use It?

  • Demonstrates children’s needs for religious education
  • Research done by a wide variety of highly specialized professionals
  • Portrays physiological and psychological needs in children
  • Great for School Officials

Bringing Hope to Youth through Released Time Bible Education Brochure

SMI General 130426-1Bringing Hope to Youth through Released Time Bible Education summarizes how School Ministries partners with communities across America bringing hope and purpose to the lives of public school students through Christian Released Time Bible Education. This publication explains how RTBE is:

  • the only legal means for providing devosional Bible instruction to students of all ages during the school day.
  • a voluntary program that uses no tax dollars and is conducted off-campus and requires parental permission.

This brochure explains how School Ministries and RTBE programs are working together to help students succeed in school and in the community, living a more fulfilled life with Christ. This publication also highlights the benefits of School Ministries to RTBE through quality materials, training, conferences and networking opportunities.

Tales of Grace in a Time of Violence

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How Released Time Bible Education breaks the cycle of violence in our public schools and brings hope to youth

Tales of Grace in a Time of Violence takes you into the problems that American youth face daily.

This 36 page booklet provides a synopsis of research related to violence in society and evaluates ways that Released Time programs have helped reduce these problems. The booklet, complete with an array of research statistics and personal interviews, explains how RTBE can help transform the lives of youth and details the positive results that are seen in schools, communities, and churches that have been touched by Released Time. It also provides direction for those interested in getting involved in Released Time education.

The next generation needs to have God’s Word integrated into their lives if they have any hope of surviving in today’s postmodern, anti-Christian culture. Released Time provides students in public schools with the marvelous opportunity to study God’s Word and have it change their lives for eternity.


Dr. Glen Schultz, Headmaster of a Christian Academy and national authority on Christian education