"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" (Proverbs 22:6).
Each day over 3,500 students in our 41 English District school ministry settings are having their hearts and minds transformed and trained for a life of service in response to God’s tremendous grace. Our students have the opportunity to grow intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and most importantly spiritually sitting at the feet of our District’s teachers who so faithfully and effectively serve the Master Teacher. According to the nation’s report card (NAEP), Lutheran schools are at the top or near it in every measurable category of academic achievement. By God’s grace, our Lutheran schools are truly on the cutting edge of mission and ministry in our District, Synod, and society. To God be the glory!
Lutheran School Consulting Service
The purpose of Lutheran School Consulting Services (LSCS) is to strengthen and revitalize Lutheran schools so God’s children are well served and His kingdom expanded. LSCS focuses on the school and its ministry. As schools are strengthened, so are congregations and their ministries. LSCS uses a specific process to assess, evaluate, and make relevant recommendations based around the various needs of the ministry requesting assistance. Trained assessors and consultants work hand in hand with ministries throughout the entire process to ensure that their needs are met and their overall ministries are strengthened. Schools interested in LSCS should contact their LCMS District Education Executive, who will contact the LSCS director. Download the LSCS Application.
LCMS School Ministry
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod's School Ministry assists, equips and uplifts school educators, district staff, and especially education executives and congregational leaders so that through them children may be equipped as disciples of Jesus Christ. Dr. Rebecca Schmidt, Director. Available here.
National Lutheran Schools Week
National Lutheran Schools Week provides the network of nearly 2,000 LCMS preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work in Lutheran schools. In this, Lutheran schools thank God for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation for the children they serve and for the opportunity to share Jesus’ amazing love with students and their families. National Lutheran Schools Week gives schools the ability to proclaim these great blessings within the communities they serve. Lutheran schools are amazing incubators for the faithful witness of God’s love through Christ by teachers and students alike.
National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) is one of the most effective ongoing improvement plans and tools for missional and academic excellence for new, existing, and struggling schools. The English District strongly encourages its school ministries to become accredited. The process is extensive and will strengthen the school’s program and ability to minister to the families of their community. The district will assign a coordinator to work with your school to ensure success! Everything you need to get started is on the LuthEd.org site. Please call Gail Holzer with any questions!
School Leadership Development Project
The School Leadership Development Project (SLED) seeks to identify and equip potential Lutheran school leaders. This is done through a process of nomination, selection and intense training over the course of an academic year. Those selected for the program are required to attend and participate at three specially designed training events and are mentored over the course of the project by well-respected, experienced Lutheran school administrators. Since 1989, the SLED Project has trained more than 600 elementary school administrators now serving in Lutheran schools.
Early Childhood Consultants
The English District has trained Early Childhood Consultants to work with congregations who are working to start, expand, or strengthen an Early Childhood ministry. Contact Gail Holzer if you are in need of this resource.
Church Worker Update (CWU)
The Church Worker Update (CWU) system serves as the single, centralized location for all Rostered church workers to review and update their personal and professional information. This information is then used by the LCMS Synod offices, District staff, and the Council of Presidents to help supervise and support workers in their current Call and assist them in filling current open positions. If you are a Rostered church worker, be sure to update your information today! Update your CWU Information.
Commissioned Minister Information Form (CMIF)
The Commissioned Minister Information Form (CMIF) system takes the information entered into the Church Worker Update (CWU) system by Commissioned Ministers and gives Districts and individuals the ability to search for individuals to fill Called positions. Church workers should update their CMIF annually to allow for congregations and schools to have accurate information when pursuing workers for open positions. All information must be completed for the CMIF to be released by the District office.
For more information on any of these school resources, contact the English District School Executive Gail Holzer by phone at 248-476-0039 or by email.