As we approach the end of the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year, it’s appropriate to give thanks to God and commend our Lutheran schoolteachers for their magnificent efforts on behalf of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Our teachers engage our students and spark within them the desire to learn. Moreover, Lutheran schoolteachers are intimately involved with all three areas of emphasis of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod: Witness, Mercy, and Life Together.
Through faithful Witness, Lutheran schoolteachers . . .
- Nourish faith and strengthen hope in Christ among those who have been baptized and believe by sharing the one message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ on a daily basis.
- Make known the love of Christ to children and families who do not have a faith relationship with Jesus.
- Intentionally prepare lessons in all school subjects that integrate faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
- Empower students to witness about their faith in Jesus with others.
- Teach children to boldly defend their faith.
- Witness to and pray with and for students and school families.
By demonstrating Mercy and compassion, Lutheran schoolteachers . . .
- Equip students and school families to cling to the cross of Christ in the midst of all circumstances.
- Provide targeted support for students and school families in need.
- Teach students about Christian service and provide venues in the community and throughout the world for sharing God’s love, grace and mercy to people in need.
In our Life Together as the Church, Lutheran schoolteachers . . .
- Engage their communities and the world with a Christian worldview that is distinctively Lutheran.
- Experience and celebrate the lavish gifts God bestows upon us—His love, grace and mercy—and share those gifts with others.
- Actively engage in the total life of their LCMS congregation.
- Engage school families with the life of the operating congregation. And,
- Provide unparalleled opportunities to engage the congregation in its community.
In response to God’s great love for you, you do so much for so many. May God continue to bless and keep you all as you serve the students in your care.