Duties of the Education Secretary:

 

 

 

1. Keep Records of Children. You will need a written record of all the children and young people in church families. A card file of the church membership by household needs to be developed. The church clerk could assist you in this responsibility. After the name of each school-age child a notation should be made as to where the child is attending school. If there are any special problems relating to finance, a parent who is not a church member, etc., a notation should be made on these cards. Of course, no information of a confidential nature should be made public. This file is to help facilitate an accurate report to the conference education office or the school board. You will not automatically serve as a member of the local school board.

 

 

 

2. Assistance to Families with Children in Public Schools. Communicate to the pastor the obstacles that may have kept a student from attending church school. Work with the family and the school personnel to see if the problem can be resolved.

 

 

 

3. Promote Christian Education. Cooperate with the pastor and other educational personnel in your church in helping to educate church members concerning the benefits of Christian education and the necessity of providing an Adventist education for all the youth who desire it. Vigorously promote giving toward financial aid for needy and worthy students. Coordinate periodic reports to the church featuring the church school, junior academy, senior academy and college. Help plan the yearly Education Day program.

 

 

 

 4. Help the Parents of Infants. Christian education begins at infancy in the home. If plans for education in a Christian school begin at the time a new baby arrives in the home, and parents have planned ahead, the financial burden of a church school does not bring on a sudden drain in the family budget.

 

 

 

5. Special Care for the Children of New Converts. Special care needs to be shown in communicating the opportunities available in the Adventist schools to new converts and their children. Appropriate brochures and handbooks from the various schools they could attend should be given to them. Arrangements could be made for the new family to visit the schools along with another church member who is familiar with the educational institution and program.