When do I set up initial meetings with the leadership team of my Anchorsaway class?
It is much easier to start an Anchorsaway teaching site with a small group of people to help you. That group should include a teacher/facilitator, an administrator who would do the detail work, networkers who can contact interested parents and others in the community, potential small group leaders and community leaders. The size of this group will vary from site to site.
The initial meeting should be scheduled by the administrator to include the teaching leader/facilitator, small group leaders and others interested in the ministry. This should begin several months before January. The focus of the early meetings should be on getting acquainted, and making decisions about which elective lessons should be taught. This is also the time to gather names of Christians who are active in the schools, leaders in the community, or key persons. These are the people who would be instrumental in supporting the program, and/or in suggesting names of students and small group leaders who might be interested in becoming involved in such a program. (The Administrator should follow up on the names that are suggested.)
Once the team is secured, another meeting should be scheduled with the team. Names of prospective students should be gathered, a place to meet for the Anchorsaway teaching site, small group prospective leaders and student leaders from local churches and parachurch organizations.
The Administrator should host an informal time for the Teacher/Facilitator, Assistant Teacher and the Small Group leaders to get to know one another, such as a dessert fellowship. At that time, the upcoming schedule should be presented, along with a discussion of what makes an effective small group leader.
About two to three weeks before the first Anchorsaway classes begin, invitations (samples can be found on the Teacher's Site under Extras » Invitations) should be sent through the mail, as well as hand delivered by a student representative to prospective participants in each high school.
What type of student should attend Anchorsaway?
Any student, believer or nonbeliever in Jesus Christ, who wants to learn and/or grow in their faith will benefit from the Anchorsaway experience. This is NOT a debate class, so those who wish to debate need to invite the teacher or small group leader to have such discussions outside of the class time.
From where do we get the students to attend Anchorsaway?
It is important to contact and secure Christian students who are leaders and whose walk is reflective of the Christian worldview. One or two per school are all that are needed. They will supply the names of friends, who then can ask their friends. Youth ministers, school volunteers, para-church leaders and students are essential resources to secure the names of students. A student who is in a school club or on a school team can hand out invitations. For example, a Small Group leader’s son may play on a football team and would like to give fliers to many of those on his team.
Students younger than a junior should not be included.
College students are invited to attend at any time. Some want to come just for the teaching session, which is permissible.
Most of the invitations (with some exceptions) should be handed out by the students. It should be a student-driven process, as much as possible. Select one or two students from several high schools, a few weeks before the other students hear about Anchorsaway, and put them in charge of handing out the invitation fliers in their respective schools. Ask them to call you and let you know how many students they think will be attending.
The junior and senior students from the year before should give their Small Group leaders some names of upcoming juniors and seniors that they would like to invite the following year.
The Small Group leaders are assigned to a school in the area in which they are familiar. They will make contact with a student who is a Christian leader in that school. If the student is anxious to participate in the Anchorsaway program, they will be asked to contact prospective students from a list prepared by the program’s Administrator. These students will also be asked to invite their peers.
Social media is a great way to get the word out. Students can create an Anchorsaway event and invite their friends or they can tweet information about upcoming classes and how to reach the person in charge of your Anchorsaway site.
Where should Anchorsaway classes meet?
Anchorsaway was created as a bridge from high school and the youth group experience, to college or the marketplace. For this reason, we strongly recommend that the meeting NOT be held at a church or church building, or at a school. Feedback reveals that the most enjoyable place for the students to meet is in a home. Other groups have successfully met in office buildings, barns, theaters, club houses, coffee houses, and even around a camp fire. Your choice of location is dependent upon your own personal circumstances and the personality of your group. If given the choice, a home is strongly recommended.
No matter where it is taught, it should be an inviting and safe environment. If possible, provide something for the students to drink and snacks for them to eat. Mothers are often more than happy to bake cookies or supply other snacks. It should be a place with an atmosphere of hospitality.
What is the most effective time and season for Anchorsaway to be taught?
We strongly recommend that Anchorsaway be taught in the second semester of the junior and senior year of high school.
Meeting times can vary according to what works in your community. We recommend a 2½ hour time block per week, realizing that the students tend to stay around for some social interaction at the conclusion of their small group time. The day and the time is dependent on your individual situation.
What are the Student Worldview Handbooks?
The Student Worldview Handbook is designed to become a resource to be studied and used in class and in the future. It comes in handy when questions about the Christian religion are asked of the student. The book contains notes, charts, and outlines of the key content from the lectures. T.M. Moore, a Pastor and writer, has written devotions for the students that are found at the end of each lesson. They are thought provoking and extremely valuable in helping the student process what was learned in class.
Many of our former students have used the notes to teach Bible studies in their dorms, to write research papers, and to revisit the Truths for personal refreshment. Many students add information they have gathered from outside sources into their books, and use it to file notes related to the topics. That is a true sign of ownership!
Why should it be taught outside the church?
The reason for teaching this class in a home is so that it can be opened up to the community. This is the bedrock of the program. When this takes place, multiple churches can come together and help with teachers, small group leaders, and, most importantly, those who are juniors and seniors in high school and college students. We have found that many students are less willing to open up in a church setting with pastors, youth pastors and parents around. Also, this can be a time for Christian students to invite their "pre-Christian" friends in the community, who would otherwise be unwilling to step into a church. We have found that seekers are very interested, and this is one of the reasons that the last night of the program we have a picnic to celebrate all that God has taught us and the charge that He is sending us all into the world to be a light of Christ to the world.
Can Anchorsaway be taught in a public school?
If a student initiates Anchorsaway to be taught before or after school, it can be taught by people who are not employed by the school district.
School employees who want to be part of the Anchorsaway experience are advised to meet off school property, to avoid legal conflicts over the establishment of religion issues, even though federal law does allow religiously affiliated groups to meet on school property.
You will have to check with your school to see what the rules are pertaining to this issue. However, it is not recommended that Anchorsaway be taught in a school setting, so this should not be an issue. A home is ideal.
Why is this targeted to high school juniors and seniors and college students?
The reason that this is targeted for high school juniors and seniors and college students is because they are preparing to or already have stepped out of the safety and protection of their homes and youth groups into a very different, sometimes hostile, environment. When students know they will soon be "on their own" they tend to be more serious about learning this information. The program is written on a college level, so it would be difficult for the younger students to understand the concepts of the Christian worldview. This class is designed to prepare the student how to respond to professors and others that they will specifically meet on the college campus. It points toward the pressure that they will face to give in to the other worldviews presented to them on their campuses, workplace or in the mission field.
We have created 2 15-week curriculums for junior high students (8-9th grades). One is titled Heroes and Villains of the Bible and can be purchased in the Anchorsaway store. The other curriculum, which will be added on this site by November, is a study on the attributes of the faith.
Can Anchorsaway be used for home schooling?
We do have a curriculum specifically created for a home school setting. Please look under our “Curriculum” tab. It is designed for the home school student to receive 2 credits Bible, 1credit Literature, 1 credit Composition.
The regular Anchorsaway curriculum would would be a great curriculum to use with home school students and others in the community. It would be a great way to reach out into the community to draw Christians in public schools and home schools together. This is particularly effective in teaching home school students not only how the world thinks, but also gives them time to interact with those who might think differently on issues.