Community gatherings are cultivating broad support for Bible history
There was a time in our history when local congregations would rally around an opportunity to invest in the community. Across Hamilton County, this tradition continues today.
Noted pollster George Barna states that America’s youth are largely unfamiliar with the Bible’s basic content, inviting a host of social and personal troubles:
- 5 in 10 students have had little or no exposure to the wisdom and knowledge of the Bible.
- “God helps those who help themselves” is the most widely believed Bible verse among churchgoing teens, though it appears nowhere in the Bible and conflicts with its message.
- 8 in 10 people cannot say who delivered the Sermon on the Mount.
Statistics like these are real in our nation and in our community.
For this reason, whole communities have begun gathering to invest in their local youth, through the introduction of Bible History courses in the public schools. For example:
- In 2016, the Sale Creek Community Gathering funded a new teaching position at Sale Creek Middle/High School for the 2017-2018 school year; and
- In 2016, the Soddy Daisy / Loftis Community Gathering helped to extend Bible History classes at Soddy Daisy and Loftis middle schools for another two years.
Hundreds of students annually will be offered the opportunity to study the Bible over the next few years as a result of these events, however, the ongoing support of existing donors will be the key to extending Bible History to even more schools.