Why a Lutheran School?
Academic and Spiritual
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has a strong tradition of excellence in education. We have operated schools for over 140 years and we continue to be known for our excellent academic and spiritual opportunities for students. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which measures a variety of school systems in a variety of subjects, shared these 2004 results:
- Lutheran Schools were ranked first in Science in 4th, 8th and 12th grade.
- Lutheran Schools were first in Reading in 4th and 8th grade. (No data collected for 12th grade.)
- Lutheran Schools were second in math at the 4th, 8th and 12th grade level.
According to statistics provided by the LCMS Office of School Ministry, 16% of the children in our schools are unchurched. We have a wonderful opportunity, through the working of the Holy Spirit, to see faith grow and develop in children. The time spent in a Lutheran classroom by the average student who attends a Lutheran School from preschool through eight grade is the equivalent of 265 years of Sunday worship.
Our excellence in education may allow us the opportunity to share Christ with a family in an environment that is prolonged and allows for relational interaction over the course of several years. Lutheran Schools thus are already at the forefront of mission outreach and need to be continually encouraged to carry out the Great Commission. A passport is not needed to reach the people you witness to at a Lutheran School. They come to you asking that you share that message as part of a quality academic experience.
Outreach is an attitude; an attitude that reflects a message so important we have to share it with you; a message so important that it has changed how we live; a message so important that you should be able to see it in our actions.
Characteristics of a mission-minded congregation and school:
- Compassion for the lost!
- People, not programs
- Common vision
- Team ministry
- Involved faith community
We are called to “sow seeds.” Often, what we teach about Jesus is revisited when children reach adulthood and have their own children. We don’t know the impact of our words and deeds but know that we must give a constant witness. We are invited to bring the church to people, not people to the church. Our churches and schools should be welcoming, invitational and exceptional.