California Released Time Christian Education is an association of Released Time Ministries in the state, reaching from as far north as Redding and as far south as Westminster. See Directory for a list of Programs.
The Association is dedicated to providing those in leadership or those interested in starting Released Time programs with resources and answers to questions via phone, email and in person.
California Released Time Christian Education provides a network of help and support for individual programs in the state. The state organization also offers training opportunities for directors and teachers at annual State Conferences in addition to biannual Regional Meetings.
Surveys conducted in Released Time Ministries across the state show that 60% to 70% of the children who attend Released Time classes do not attend church, Vacation Bible School or any other Bible instruction for children. Released Time Christian Education goes where the children are - to the schools. It is an incredible opportunity to be able to share the Word of God with children in the public schools.
Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the youngest signers of the Declaration of Independence, physician, scientist, and treasurer of the U.S. Mint from 1797 to 1813 under President John Adams, wrote:
“I believe no man was ever early instructed in the truths of the Bible without having been made wiser or better, by the early operation of these impressions upon his mind. Among my earliest recollections of religious instruction is the influence of dedicated RTCE instructors. I am still pleased to affirm this timely and effective ministry."