week St. John’s joins hands across the country in celebrating
Lutheran Schools. Our church and school are part of the Lutheran
Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) which operates the largest protestant
school system in the world. St. John’s School is a vibrant ministry
that is among the LCMS’ 1,393 Pre-Schools, 899 Elementary Schools,
90 High Schools, 10 Colleges and 2 Seminaries in the United States.
While having nearly 2,400 schools in the US is impressive, perhaps
the statistic that is most telling is that this ministry comes out
of a denomination of just 6,162 churches. Our commitment to
providing children, youth and adults an education with the backbone
of Christ and the support of His church is in the DNA of our
denomination and certainly at St. John’s.
St. John’s, we are not merely a church with a school. We are a
church and school, united in a common mission.
the support of the church;
disciples; This is what we do across this ministry.
If children, youth and adults don’t
Meet Jesus—in reading, writing
and arithmetic, in the nursing home and in the youth group, in the
choir and in our serving ministries—we’ve missed the mark. It is the
distinctive mark of Jesus that comes across in what we expect to
happen day in and out from everything that takes place here.
Anything less would reduce us to a mere private school or social
Half of the children and families
served by St. John’s School are not members of this congregation.
Yet, we make no distinction when it comes to our belief that all
should Experience the Support the Church.
Those who are connected to other churches, regardless of
affiliation, we affirm in their home churches. Through our school,
we have blessed dozens of congregations by partnering with the good
work of Christian homes and churches to equip young leaders. From
the earliest possible age, we want the kids to have a positive
impression of Jesus’ Church. Furthermore, we want them to understand
that Jesus’ Church crosses the boundaries of individual
denominations and congregations, and that we are all united under
His reign. That’s true for those who attend school here and for the
broader ministry of this congregation. We are committed to making
the church a place of genuine support and Christ-like love.
our kids in church and school grow and scatter across the globe, our
heart’s desire is that their experiences, here and elsewhere, would
affirm their calling to Live as Disciples
wherever the Lord leads them. The factors are complex and
challenging for parents when it comes to educational decisions. Some
will choose a Christian School like ours; others will make choices
for public and alternative educational institutions. What we value
is every opportunity to partner with Christian homes to disciple
children. As in our school, so in the church we are doubling our
efforts to partner with the Christian home where our school may not
be the option.
I must add, however, that St. John’s
School offers our strongest, most developed partnership with the
home. That’s why if you or someone you know hasn’t considered a
closer look at our school, I urge you to take that closer look.
Today’s open house may be a great opportunity, but if not today,
call for a tour and personal introduction to this ministry.
admissions counselor, Katrina Murphy (x. 212) will be happy to work
with you. I’m convinced that you will see that we meet and exceed
the outcomes and opportunities expected for today’s kids facing an
ever changing world in an information age and a knowledge-based
economy. Best of all, we’ll provide kids with that backbone of
discipleship to prepare them to use information and knowledge for
the good of society and the glory of God. In all of this, we must
emphasize that we are not a sanctuary from the world. Our role in
church and school is one of equipping young disciples to be sent out
as Jesus’ witnesses and ambassadors to the world.
St. John’s celebration of Lutheran
Schools Week is an opportunity for all of us to participate in
something that is rooted in our history, enormous in scope and
integrated into the ministry of our church and school. Our
commitment to education is a value imbedded in our mission and our
vision of reaching farther globally as Jesus’ witnesses, "in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the
earth." (Acts 1:8).
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