On Volunteering

Becoming a Released Time Volunteer

There are many good reasons to become a volunteer with the Released Time Bible Program, but the first and foremost reason is because Christ commanded us to share the Good News with others:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20a

Another good reason to become involved is that Christ has a special love for children…

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

…therefore, because we are to conform to Christ’s image (become more and more like Him) we should also have a special love for children and develop a desire to teach them the ways of Christ.

There are lots of other great reasons to get involved in helping with Released Time and no doubt one of these reasons will be all you need to convince you to get started today!

  • You may be the only believer these children have ever met.
  • Your participation demonstrates to the “next generation” that they matter to God…and to you.
  • You are allowing God to use the spiritual gifts He has placed in you to serve Him and others.
  • Your faith will be stretched.
  • You observe and participate in God’s work in your community, in the lives of the children, their families, and the school.
  • You enhance your own “spiritual community” as you partner with believers from other churches.
  • You help the children hide God’s Word in their hearts, share the love of God with them and teach them to pray. God does the rest!

Are you ready to become a Released Time volunteer? Here’s how:

Fill out our online Volunteer Interest form and we will help you start the application process. Click here, or 
call our office at 717-369-4539 or e-mail info@joyel.org to be connected with a Released Time ministry team leader in your local area.

For more information on volunteering in any of our programs, click here: Volunteers.


Invite-A-Friend and Volunteer Day

Several times throughout the school year, we encourage our Released Time students and volunteers to invite a friend to visit their Released Time class.

This gives students who are curious about the class an opportunity to discover and experience what Released Time is all about. It also gives adults who are not yet volunteering a chance to observe a Released Time class to decide if volunteering with Released Time may be where God is calling them to serve. The visiting children get to find out if they might enjoy attending and learning God’s word while visiting adults get the opportunity to see if they may be able to use their spiritual gifts to help children come into a relationship with the Lord and grow in their faith.
Invite-A-Friend Day usually generates much excitement among the children and volunteers in our Released Time classes. They are excited to share the unique relationship-building atmosphere with others. We would like to encourage you to consider joining us for this event as well. Dates and times for this event will vary from program to program so we encourage you to contact your child’s school coordinator for details.