Support Our Lutheran Schools (Thank You Trinity!)

As another school year comes to a close in a little over a week from now, I wanted to quickly call attention to some excellent reasons why we need to support our Lutheran schools now more than ever.




Steadfast In Education: Why Lutheran Schools And Why Lutheran Teachers?


Why do we need Lutheran schools? Why do Lutheran schools need Lutheran teachers? Though these are simple questions, their answers get at the whole reason that the extensive system of Lutheran schools exists in the first place. Lutherans in North America have been school-builders from the beginning. In fact, the opportunity to establish schools apart from the purview of the State was at least as enticing to these first Lutheran immigrants from Europe as freedom from a state religion.

But why? After all, schools are a lot of work. All the planning, budgeting, instruction, assessment, recordkeeping — operating a school requires immense sacrifice of time and money on the part of the congregation. Yet in spite of all that, Lutherans (especially those most interested in a confessional identity) have insisted upon operating schools all across the country. So what drove them to establish all these and work tirelessly to keep them open?

Put simply, it’s all about the gospel. Lots of other sorts of schools can teach lots of different things. Any school can teach children to behave and to be good boys and girls. Any school can dig deep into the wisdom of the ancient Greeks — in fact, there is much we all could learn from the founders of Western civilization. Any school can teach citizenship and character and morality. But all of that is of the Law, and we Lutherans know better than anyone that while the Law is good and wise, it lacks the power to save.

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I hope you take the time to read that article in full.

I hope you take the time to pray for our Lutheran schools, its teachers, and its students.

Better yet, make it a point to go out of your way to personally thank those who are part of the Lutheran education system.

For all my Trinity Christian School friends -- your God-given role there is a critical one so thank you very much for all that you do (and all the sacrifices you've made and continue to make) in Christ's name for my children.

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