The foundation of Lutheran Education is the gospel of Jesus Christ (which) informs all learning and teaching, all human relationships, and all activities. (The LCA and its schools, 2001).
Recently our staff came together in a meeting with Shane Paterson, the Director of Leadership and School Improvement for Lutheran Education Victoria, New South Wales; Tasmania. Shane posed the question “How would a visitor to our school recognise that we are a Lutheran school?”
When we become a part of a Lutheran community it is not so much about what we do for God, but more about what Christ has done for us. And as the Holy Spirit works faith in us through the sharing of God’s word during Chapel and Devotion times, the fruit of this faith is witnessed by those who come into our schools. Valuing people in the light of how God sees us is vastly different than valuing people in the light of how ‘we’ see ourselves. So how valuable are we in God’s eyes? In Romans 5:8 we read: “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Each of us are unique individuals precious in God’s sight, living in God’s grace, loving our neighbour as Christ first loved us…and this is how a visitor recognises that we are a Lutheran school.
Mrs Dee Simons