What is the Gilmer Christian Learning Center?
This is one of our favorite questions! Please check out our “About” page here to find out.
How is it Legal?
Cases have been tried all the way to the supreme court determining that Released Time education is legal provided we meet three requirements. 1) It is off campus 2) It is non-compulsory (our students all get a parental permission slip to attend classes) 3) We receive no government funding, we survive completely through the support of generous local churches, businesses and individuals.
What classes are offered?
Approximately 600 students will take either the Intro to CLC class, Advanced classes 1,2, or 3 or our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes at the CLC this year. Our intro class provides an introduction to Christianity from Creation to Christ and the advanced classes cover Worldview, Biblical Exegesis and Hermeneutics, and Apologetics. Our 6th,7th and 8th grade classes has a curriculum designed specifically for their age and the issues they face. The Bible is always our primary textbook.
How is it different than my church Youth programs?
It is different in several ways. First, we aren’t a church and don’t want to be, we partner with local churches and hope that all of our students will attend a local church and encourage them to do so. Second, many of them don’t attend church, in fact, over half our students are not affiliated with any church…yet we get to offer them daily Bible education and are allowed to share the Good News of Jesus without restriction. Few youth groups can have such an extended reach. It is our desire to help you, your Youth Group and Church reach out to a needy demographic in a time tested and effective way.