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More and more churches across the country are holding mid-week meetings where young people are finding a new sense of direction, purpose, and dynamic relationships in their local church. This is The Logos Program.

The Logos Program has evolved over the past three decades to meet the needs of today’s youth. While Sunday School and Youth Fellowship programs experience declining enrollments and decreasing attendance, The Logos Program groups are experiencing tremendous growth as more and more young people enjoy a new way of Christian education.

Young people overwhelmingly respond to The Logos Program with enthusiasm and a renewed sense of identity and purpose.

The Logos Program enables a church to offer its young people the benefits of Summer Conference, but on a weekly basis. It is a disciplined and structured program, with four parts: Bible study, youth choir, recreation and crafts, and a “family-time” dinner hour. Through these activities, young people grow in Christian fellowship, in faith and Biblical knowledge, and in service to the Church. The Program is designed for 30 weeks during the school year. It may be utilized for a full range of grades, one through twelve.

The Logos Program provides an environment where young people develop their identities as active and valued members of the Christian community. Pastors and other congregational leaders become friends, as well as counselors and teachers. Parents are also required to participate actively in the Program. Their involvement, and the interest Logos generates throughout the congregation, create renewal and spiritual growth for all.

By its design, Logos appeals to a majority of young people, enabling a congregation to offer the highest level of responsible Christian education to the greatest number of its children and youth.

The Logos Program capitalizes on two untapped resources of a church. First, it makes effective use of church buildings, which are often unused by young people from Sunday to Sunday, Secondly, the pastor and other church professionals assume an effective teaching role, minister to young people, and develop closer personal relationships with the children and youth.

The Program also encourages:

Family Participation

The Logos Program establishes a close bond between the church and the home, and succeeds in developing the participation of the whole family.

Continuing Growth

By providing a program young people enjoy, The Logos Program tends to grow, rather than decline. Through Christian education and fellowship, youth express a positive attitude toward the Church and its programs.

Confirmation

Church membership confirmation classes are integrated into The Logos Program, with two years devoted to confirmation study.

Self-Financing

Financially, the Program is essentially self-supporting and tends to increase overall stewardship.

Church Renewal

Every dimension of the church’s life is positively affected by The Logos Program, especially worship, stewardship and evangelism.

The Logos Organization

The Logos Program evolved over more than two decades of testing and experimentation by many different congregations. Originally called “Youth Club”, the Program name was changed to “The Logos Program” in 1986.

The Program was successfully introduced at the Beulah Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pa., in the late ’50s and early ’60s when an initial membership of 65 soon grew to over 600 children and young people attending “Youth Club” each week.

The success at Beulah was quickly recognized by other churches desiring to start similar programs. The program grew steadily, and now is used in churches across America and around the world.

In 1962, Dr. Dale K. Milligan, pastor at Beulah and other interested pastors and lay people established Youth Club Program, Inc., a non-profit corporation, to develop curriculum materials, local church leadership training, and support resources for churches of all denominations.

The organization began by serving a few churches in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Today, training and curriculum materials have been supplied to several thousand churches in all parts of the country.

Today, The Logos System Associates, with headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa., oversees curriculum production and distribution, coordinates training, publishes a newsletter, conducts an annual Logos Program Conference for teenagers in Estes Park, Colorado, and serves the needs of Logos Program member churches across the country.

A superb Bible study curriculum called Faith for Life is available. It is designed specifically for The Logos Program but is adaptable to other programs as well.

In addition The Logos System Associates offers the innovative St. John’s Program, a programmed learning multimedia church school curriculum.

Various training programs also are offered, including three-day Leadership Training Schools for all Program leaders, and Logos Program Introduction Seminars.

The greatest testimony to The Logos Program is that it works. Each week across the country, thousands of pastors, children, young people and parents enjoy a rich experience in effective Christian education at their local churches.

The Logos Program when it’s done “right” is the most effective, responsible, and dynamic program of Christian education anywhere. Its track record is proven for developing genuine and lasting relationships between young people and their pastors, parents and peers. The Logos Program will gather 75-90% of the young people available in the church, and weekly attendance will average well over 90% There is nothing like it – anywhere! It does require much work, discipline, and commitment. But the fruits of the Program are endless, and include the entire scope of a congregation’s life. In churches as small as 40 and as large as 4,000, in city, suburbs or country, when you drop the pebble of The Logos Program in the pool of a church’s life, the ripples never stop!

The Logos Program can work in your church. To implement the Program, follow these steps:

1. Present the Logos Program design to the Christian Education Committee for evaluation. Further information can be obtained from the International Office. If possible, visit an active Logos Program in a nearby church.

2. Present a recommendation to the official board of your church to fully explore The Logos Program. The pastor and key laypersons should register for one of the Leadership Training Schools. The school schedule may be obtained from the International office.

3. Have the official board adopt the Logos Program and begin implementation.

The Logos System Associates was created to provide every possible support to the local congregation in initiating and sustaining their Logos Program. For information on three-day Leadership Training Schools, Logos Program Introduction Seminars, and St. John’s Introduction Workshops write or call:

THE LOGOS SYSTEM ASSOCIATES

1405 Frey Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15235

412/372-1341

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412/372-8447