What is NACHEL?
The National Alliance for Christian Home Education Leadership (NACHEL- referred to as the Alliance) is a non-profit group that supports leaders serving leaders in the homeschooling community. The individuals associated with this group have come together since 1983 at an annual conference to share their expertise and insight on conducting homeschool conferences, running state organizations, and discussing the many issues homeschoolers face year round.
The Alliance represents 48 affiliate organizations from 45 states, Canada and Mexico and has over 1,000 years of cumulative homeschooling experience. Frequently leaders from other nations participate in our yearly conference and in other affiliate events. In addition, the affiliates work together throughout the year. Members are all fully Christian statewide organizations that have a statement of faith, and bylaws that ensure perpetual Christian leadership for these groups. In fact, these are requirements for organizations to affiliate with the Alliance. However, anyone may attend any of the individual state conventions.
Homeschooling has grown so much that it is now a viable market. Alliance organizations have quietly served homeschooling communities across the country for many years, bringing wonderful conferences to their states. The proceeds of these non-profit conferences are used to serve the people in their locales after the conferences are over. Proceeds are used to help support groups, assist with efforts to keep homeschooling freedoms alive and well, and support the homeschooling community with viable information about homeschooling in their locales and beyond.
With the fast-paced growth of homeschooling, we have seen the advent of commercial homeschooling conventions. These commercial conferences have had an adverse effect on many state homeschool organizations. God alone knows what is in store for any of these organizations, but without the support of the homeschooling community in their states, there is some risk that their ministry to homeschoolers will diminish, as it has in some cases, or be lost altogether. The commercial conference organizers leave once the vendor hall is empty. The state organizations are just beginning their work to assist homeschoolers in their locales when their conferences end. As you choose a conference to explore homeschooling and purchase curriculum, we hope you will consider the long-range questions of homeschooling and support the non-profit, specifically Christian conferences associated with Alliance organizations.
Alliance conferences seek to honor their Christian beliefs by having vendors and speakers that reflect those convictions. Alliance Conference organizers see the call to Christian Education as one of their highest values, and leave the question of alternative belief systems in the hands of parents, rather than in the vendor hall per se. Though there is a great deal of variety, most of the vendor hall choices are Christian in orientation.
These state organizations have served the homeschooling community as a collective group for over 30 years. Together, they support homeschool freedom, encourage families, and they work together to educate the homeschooling community and others about one of the best-known secrets in the realm of educating and discipling children at home.