As parents and ministers of the Gospel, we are tasked by God to raise our children in the faith. The word that God spoke to Israel applies to us:
You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-18)
Our children often spend more of their time, during the day, in their schools than they do with us. What are those schools teaching? They are not teaching the Christian faith. Unfortunately, they are often teaching ungodly, shameful material. Satan has captured many of our schools. We might work to restore our public schools, but what should we do immediately to protect our children?
Many people have found homeschooling to be a good option. Of course, this is time-consuming and requires a lot of effort and daily planning. This is where the church can step in and lend assistance.
Our churches can provide meeting places where parents can share their teaching with one another. One parent may be good at teaching math while another would be better at teaching a foreign language. Field trips could be planned and shared. Daily chapel services could be offered. This would not be a burden on small churches, but could greatly ease the burdens of parents.
Let us call this a home school coop. The coop could be offered to parishioners as well as the local community. It might be seen as community outreach and an opportunity for evangelism. However, a church must carefully monitor what is taught from a faith standpoint. As the coop grows it could eventually become an established Christian school.
Educating children in the faith should be a priority for all of us. We cannot afford to allow our children, during their formative years, to be indoctrinated by the enemies of Christ who want to undermine their faith.
Train children in the right way,
and when old, they will not stray. (Proverbs 22:6)