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August 31st, 2009

Brentwood teacher stands in the gap between church and school

On Monday, September 14, Brentwood Baptist will begin an after-school tutoring program through our Student Ministry and led by church member Nancy Bonds, with the first day focusing on math.

From that day on, there will be a regularly-scheduled homework study time each Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school.

The idea for this new initiative came about when Nancy went through the TNT (Timothy and Titus) class—a two-year discipleship program—in 2005.

"It was an intensive study of God's Word," Nancy said. "The end result, hopefully, was to let God speak to you about where He wanted you to serve or start a ministry."

Nancy knew about two things: teaching and students. For 18 years, she's taught students—currently teaching eighth graders at Brentwood Middle School.

"Mike did a series called Land Under My Feet," Nancy said. "Well, the land under my is teaching teenagers and kids. I had to ask, 'What in the world can I do?'"

Nancy saw a need to bridge the gap between school and school, so "In the Gap" ministry was born.

The foundation of the ministry is based on Ezekiel 22:30, which says: "I searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land so that I might not destroy it, but I found no one."

"I thought: I'm not going to be that no one. When our church began talking about the vision of the Connection Center and how great it would be for our students because they've outgrown their worship area, I said, 'Yes, God, I hear You.' What better place to stand in the gap between church and school than the Connection Center?'"

The Connection Center offers a cafe, bookstore, and Wi-Fi—all things for students to come, bring their homework, and study with and without tutors in an ideal setting. And Hudson Hall has served as the venue for their Sunday morning and Wednesday evening worship and Bible study.

For the last two years, Nancy has offered CRAM—one night close to final exams where students can come and get help studying from tutors in most subjects.

Right now, Nancy and the Student Ministry staff are recruiting people for the after-school program that will begin soon—teachers, people who are specialized in certain areas like math, chemistry, and English, or anyone who just wants to sit with students and make sure their homework is completed.

"There is so much we're going to do with this," Nancy said. "With the Connection Center, we can now reach our students and other students in the community. We can develop relationships with them, show the students that we care, and stand in the gap between church and school."

To talk with Nancy more about how you can help with the after-school tutoring program each week, click here.

WHAT'S COMING UP...
Parent Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday, October 28
Led by Nancy Bonds to discuss issues students are facing in their homework and study time, student organizational skills, how to take notes, and more.

CRAM
Monday, December 14 | 4:00-7:00 PM | Connection Center
Students can find help with tutors in most subjects as they study for semester exams. Look for details in the bulletin and online before the semester ends.

By Kaylan Christopher