Questions You May Have About The Christian Learning Center...
What is The Christian Learning Center?
A “release time” program where students are released from the public school, come to the NCCLC, and take a course that uses Bible-based curriculum.
Currently, CLC is serving Cousins Middle School students through a class held before school in the fellowship hall of Oxford Baptist Church. The class time is 7:45 - 8:45 a.m. CLC is also serving Theme School students, grades 6-8, through a class held after school in the fellowship hall building of First Baptist Church Covington. This class time is 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Both classes are taught Monday through Friday and follow the same calendar as the Newton County School System.
Is it legal to teach the Bible?
Yes. In 1952 the U. S. Supreme Court declared that release time programs are legal (Zorach vs. Clauson) as long as: no government funds are used for the program, the course is taken voluntarily with parent approval, classes are free to the students, and the class is held off the school campus.
How many classes do you have?
We are offering one class per semester at two locations.
What church‘s doctrine do you follow?
We teach the basic fundamentals of the Christian faith based on God’s Word and submit to the authority of the scriptures and not any one denomination. Our students represent a variety of local churches and some are unchurched.
How is the CLC funded?
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 100% of our support comes from donations from individuals, businesses, organizations, and churches within the community. The CLC is a teaching ministry currently open to all youth in the Cousins Middle School and Theme School (6-8th grades) communities. In the future, we plan to become available to all Newton County secondary students.
What do you teach?
Our mission is to equip students to discover God’s purpose for their lives and develop a Biblical worldview. Topics include understanding basic Biblical principles, maintaining strong relationships, leadership and character development, Bible history, evaluating values and beliefs, handling peer pressure and stress, managing resources, etc.