In some specific places, it may be more difficult to host a weekly ministry than it would be to host it in other places. There is also the ongoing question of separation of church and state, and worshipping openly in public places on government-regulated grounds. Taking all of these issues into consideration, it may be difficult to start a ministry in these specific places for those that want to worship and serve. If you are a teen who would like to start a ministry program in your public school, you should be aware of some the rules and regulations you need to know and follow before you get started.

Permission from the School Board

In most school districts, students who want to form a group or organization on campus grounds have to get select permission from the school board. School board meetings are often held once a month during the school year, so you should attend the next available meeting to plead your case. Additionally, since your case is considered "new business" by the school board, you may have to sit through most of the meeting and request that the board secretary put your case on the "new business to be discussed" schedule.

Constructing a Strict Schedule Regarding Time and Place to Meet

When you meet with the school board, be sure to have a strict time and place to meet for religious worship on school grounds. The time and place should not interfere with the daily operations of the school, classes or other activities offered and sponsored by the school district. You are more likely to get permission if your youth ministry does not interfere with everything else going on around you and everything that goes on during the day. Typically, a before-school or after-school ministry does not interfere with anything during school, and selecting a meeting place, such as the library or a picnic table outdoors for your bible study, prayer services and worship should be pre-arranged and discussed with your principal.

Inviting Others to Join the Group

While religious ministry onto itself usually requires that you invite and minister onto others your religious and/or spiritual beliefs, you and your group members need to be careful about who to invite. Those that take personal offense may try to stop your group from organizing, or if your members become religious zealots and their activities begin to interfere with the school's daily operations and the personal freedoms of others, the school board and the district may decide to disband your group. Acting as a support group for like-minded believers first and foremost is allowed because of freedom of religion, but impeding on others' rights to worship as they choose may create some legal and educational problems you will want to avoid. Contact a business, such as the Crossroads Baptist Church, for more information.   

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