This summer, Portland saw the arrival of the Good News Club. It’s part of the Child Evangelism Fellowship and the group says the mission of the program is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through Bible study and other activities. A group called Protect Portland Children has formed specifically to oppose the Good News Club, calling them “religious extremists.”
This is not the first time that the Good News Club has received pushback from unhappy citizens according to CEF Project Manager, John Luck. In nearly every city the Missouri-based fellowship takes their ministry program, they encounter some sort of organized opposition.
Good News Across America, the CEF program that runs Good News Clubs, has been around since 1937, but since 2008, they have focused on expanding into a new city every summer. This year, Good News Across America is hosting summer programs in partnership with 30 churches in the Portland metro area. If they have enough volunteers, they will work to establish a Good News Club in the fall at a nearby school. In 2001 the Supreme Court ruled that the Good News Club had equal access to public institutions like public schools. They currently have programs in over 4,300 schools nationwide.
Is your child a participating in the Good News Club? Are you a part of Protect Portland Children? What is your response to the Portland arrival of the Good News Club?