About ACT - Frequently Asked Questions
What is ACT?
In 1971 three organisations - the Teachers' Prayer Bond (founded in 1926), the Inter-School Christian Fellowship, and the Christian Education Fellowship (founded in 1933 as the School Teachers' Prayer Circle; renamed as the Schoolmasters and Schoolmistresses Prayer Fellowship in 1937) - merged to form the Association of Christian Teachers (ACT).
Today, ACT full or associate membership is open to all Christians who work in - or care passionately about - education in England. ACT is a community of around one thousand people, the majority of whom are in full membership.
ACT is a member of the Evangelical Alliance and the European Educators' Christian Association (EurECA).
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What is ACT’s vision?
ACT is called to glorify God by serving, supporting, inspiring and equipping Christians working in education. ACT seeks to inspire all Christians in education confidently to live out their faith day by day, positively influencing the culture, values and spiritual environment of their place of work and, ultimately, transforming the nation for the Kingdom of God.
What does ACT do? How can ACT help me?
For many years the Christian community has looked to ACT to be the voice of Christians in education in the media. Press releases are issued on a variety of topical educational issues on a regular basis. We have letters published in the TES, (Times Educational Supplement) and give interviews on BBC local radio and Christian radio stations like Premier, Hope FM and UCB.
ACT provides a news and information service for busy professionals taken from the secular and Christian press, including resources, latest updates from the DfE and Ofsted. Our main channel for communication with members is ACTuality, our regular email to members and friends. ACT also issues a termly Journal in paper format with articles of interest to Christians in education.
ACT works to influence policy to ensure that Christians have freedom to live and breathe their faith and safeguard Christian values in education and wider society.
ACT co-ordinates the prayer diary which provides a prayer for every day.
ACT's staff and volunteers are on hand to give thoughtful and prayerful advice on professional and spiritual issues to members.
ACT also supports teachers networks abroad.
Who belongs to ACT?
Members include teaching assistants, student teachers and NQTs, teachers and lecturers, headteachers and principals, HMI and Ofsted inspectors, school governors, diocesan and local authority education advisors, and schools workers. We also have many faithful retired members who maintain their interest in education.
Who funds ACT’s work?
Almost all of ACT’s income comes from individuals members, some of whom are retired but see the value of ACT in national life. Without this generous support we would not be able to continue funding this important workplace ministry.
If you – and others in your church family – care about education, and want to support Christians working with children, young people and adults, please make a donation to ACT today.
How else can I support ACT?
1. Remember ACT in your prayers. The monthly ACT prayer diary is available online or by post, on request.
2. Tell all your friends about ACT.
3. Invite them to support ACT as well. Members can join online or application forms are available from the national office.
How do I join ACT?
Please visit the Join ACT section of this website and become an ACT member today.
Why do people join ACT?
Members receive information, inspiration and personal support. Membership also enables our press advocacy and policy work to continue.
ACT ONE: Each autumn ACT members meet together for spiritual fellowship and dialogue, and the Association's Annual General Meeting where key decisions are made.
ACT TWO: Connections with the media, communicating the Christian perspective on education and related issues.
ACT THREE: ACT is a listening organisation which welcomes comment, criticism and contributions from ACTivists who can make a positive contribution.
ACT FOUR: is our termly members' newsletter, with in-depth articles and news for the thinking Christian.
ACT FIVE: ACT members are invited to contribute to the ACT prayer diary, stimulating your prayers for politicians, school leaders, staff and students.
ACT SIX: is our email update service, ACTuality, delivered free most weekends.
Can anyone join ACT?
Yes, membership is open to Christians of all denominations and a variety of worship traditions. Most, though by no means all, ACT members would describe themselves as ‘evangelical Christians’. Members must be able to sign the ACT Membership Declaration: ‘I believe in Jesus Christ as risen saviour, Lord and God, and in his atoning sacrifice as the only and all-sufficient ground of salvation. I endeavour to be ruled in thought, word and action by the Bible as the inspired word of God and to live by the power of the Holy Spirit.’
How much does it cost to join ACT?
Membership subscription rates are as follows:
• Individual membership £1
• Student membership £0
• Church membership £40
• School membership £40
• Associate Body membership £80
• Life Membership £800
It costs around £60 a year per member to run ACT - we ask all members to consider making a donation as well as their one time membership subscription.
All members are encouraged to:
- make a gift aid declaration which enhances the benefit of their subscription to the Association.
- pay by standing order which ensures that subscriptions are renewed on time.
standing orders can be cancelled at any time.