Our Method

Our primary method of reaching boys and girls for Christ is what’s known as “Released Time.”  This ministry, which began in 1914, is a nationally-recognized program that allows students with written parental permission to be “released” from school for a specified period of time, either monthly or weekly, to participate in an off-     campus, non-denominational Bible class.  During these classes there is singing, Scripture memorization, and a    Bible lesson by which children are taught the wonderful truths of God’s Word by CBM workers.

The first Released Time class in Oklahoma was held in Wanette in November 1993.  A class in Byars was begun a few days later.  George Warrington, affectionately known by his students as “The Bible Man,” organized and taught the classes.  In 1996, George contacted Harold Ball in Ponca City to discuss the possibility of starting Released Time there, and more schools followed.  Today, CBM of the Great Southwest sponsors Released Time programs in 16 communities and 21 schools in Oklahoma and southwest Missouri, with a total enrollment of over 1,600 students.