Success for Classical Christian schools is highly dependent on the engagement and health of the local Church. But despite many school’s efforts to require church attendance from families, all too often the students who show up on Monday morning lack basic biblical and theological knowledge and are often struggling to find the practical role of their faith in daily life. Yet schools are not called to be surrogate churches, despite the expectations of many parents. Today’s pastors range from being highly supportive to passively critical about the presence of Classical Christian schools in their community. Many have a host of misunderstandings, assumptions and fears about the agenda of their local private Christian schools. Are there steps schools can take to encourage local pastors and move them toward becoming confident advocates for your school? This workshop will explore current research from Barna on the state of the Church today, as well as surveys of pastors in communities with Classical Christian schools. Practical and proven strategies will be presented about several initiatives that have brought the Church and schools into closer understanding and partnership.