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    Starting a School

    See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

    The Mission Future for schools in the Southeastern District is filled with potential new beginnings for Open Arms Child Development programs, elementary and high schools. We anticipate beginning at least 6 new school ministries in the near future. This means the ongoing opportunity to reach into our communities with the Gospel of Jesus is astounding! Remember these new mission starts in your prayers and chapels. If you are interested in helping to support a new school ministry, let me know. It would be great to have classrooms of children praying for the start of something new!

    The Top Ten Reasons Why Congregations Start Lutheran Schools

    1. Strengthen the congregation
    2. Nurture the children's faith
    3. Help parents fulfill their role as Christian parents
    4. Strengthen their communities
    5. Provide a safe, caring place for children
    6. Help children see all of their lives from the perspective of God's Word
    7. Demonstrate the high value the congregation places on children
    8. Enhance the public relations of the congregation
    9. Seek out the lost
    10. Fulfill the congregation's responsibility for the Christian education of its children Applications for Genesis services may be obtained from your regional LCMS District office.

    Demographics Study

    LCEF will prepare a demographics study that will assist in understanding the community and potential number of students in the targeted age. A free study can be requested through the LCEF offices at the Southeastern District. Contact Cindy Haupt

    Child Development Centers

    When a congregation or mission team envisions supporting and serving the families of the surrounding communities they may consider an  Early Childhood Center that provides full day-care for infants and children up to age 5.  The Southeastern District provides team support in this effort. Steve Heemann, LCEF Vice President; Rev. Glen Lucas, Mission Executive; Bill Nau, consultant; Deaconess Sally Hiller, Schools executive; and the Regional Mission and Ministry Facilitator work together to assist in the study and development of a Center.

    Schools Less than 5 years:

    1999
    Open Arms Child Development Center, Ashburn VA
    King of Glory Early Childhood, Williamsburg VA
    Holy Lamb Preschool, Myrtle Beach SC

    2000
    St. John's, Elementary, Dover DE
    Faith Lutheran Child Development Center, Eldersburg MD
    Little Lambs Preschool, Sunderland MD
    St. John Lutheran Preschool, Conover NC

    2001
    Resurrection Child Development Center, Newport News VA
    Cross of Christ Early Childhood, Greensboro NC
    Open Arms Child Development Center, Charlotte NC
    Little Lambs Preschool, Seneca NC

    2002
    Little Ones Early Childhood Center, Rehoboth Beach DE
    Martini Preschool, Baltimore MD
    Resurrection Elementary School, Cary NC

    2003
    Messiah Early Childhood, Germantown MD

    2004
    Harford Lutheran, BelAir MD
    Advent Elementary, Forest Hills MD

    Genesis Project: helps LCMS congregations start Lutheran schools, which include early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school programs.

    For more information and questions on starting a school contact the District School Exec., Sally J. Hiller at sjhiller@se.lcms.org