About Released Time Education
School Ministries, Inc., (SMI) was created in 1990 to assist local communities in the creation of Released Time programs and to provide support for existing ones. Although initially envisioned to have a South Carolina focus, SMI soon was undertaking a national role in responding to interests from across the country, addressing legal challenges, raising national visibility and addressing research needs. School Ministries currently has efforts underway in South Carolina, Alabama, California, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Since 2003, SMI has experienced an 12% annual growth rate in the number of students it serves.
But School Ministries is at a critical juncture. This unique opportunity to engage children in Bible study and prayer during school hours is just too important to the salvation of young people's lives for it not to be systematically promoted and advanced throughout all 50 states. As a result, there must be a truly national organization that supports state level networks rather than individual local programs. SMI is uniquely qualified to fill this role, because of its success in starting new programs and supporting existing ones.
School Ministries is headquartered in Columbia, SC.