New beginnings through school ministry

by on April 06, 2018

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.

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.

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


Tags: child development, preschool, starting a school