YES! In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Good News Club vs. Milford Central School that religious clubs can meet in public schools under the following circumstances:
1. The program or club meets after school.
2. The school allows other organizations to use
3. Signed permission slips are obtained from
4. Advertisements and permission slips do not
contain religious messages.
We estimate that one year (which is two semesters of 10 to 12 sessions) of DIVE cost us about $250-$300, though costs vary in other parts of the country and world. Keep in mind that costs are determined, in large part, by the number of students involved.
Here is a breakdown of the two costs:
1. Weekly snacks
Snack costs can often be met by food pantry donations, volunteers who provide snacks, or state feeding programs.
2. Various large group, small group and game supplies Supply costs vary depending on what resources a church already has or how the church can adapt the material.
The basis of this question is very understandable. And it is one that we can answer. But before answering it, we’d like to pose another question:
Isn’t it worth whatever it takes?
While it can be very difficult to put a time stamp on fulfilling the Great Commission, we anticipate that site leaders (THE person in charge) will spend about 2-3 hours each week, in addition to the program time, during the months that DIVE is in session. This allows for preparation and thorough follow-through. Other leaders can expect to spend about 30 minutes extra each week, in addition to the program time.
DIVE at School is NOT a church growth strategy. It’s a Kingdom-building strategy!
But what we’ve discovered is that, just as Jesus said, that we go and make disciples and He builds our church. Nearly every church that has partnered with DIVE has seen Kingdom growth in their congregations.
Whether it be growth in attendance, volunteers getting ignited to reach their community, or people being stretched into new ministry areas, the local church is positively affected.