Educating Our Children

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod's School Ministry assists, equips and uplifts school educators, district staff, and especially education executives and congregational leaders so that through them children may be equipped as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Why Send Your Child to a Lutheran School?

Here is why you should send your child to a Lutheran elementary school. Lutheran schools:

  • Are driven by a commitment to the Gospel and focused on a mission of bringing hope and healing to students and families.
  • Are governed by board members who clearly understand their roles and focus on the vision and board policies that effectively govern the operation of the school.
  • Meet or exceed state and national academic standards at all grade levels.
  • Have educators who model visionary leadership. They practice stewardship of resources, build up others and empathize with others.
  • Have educators who model servant leadership. Do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? (Robert Greenleaf)
  • Have educators who model spiritual leadership. They study God’s Word, share their personal faith story, apply Law and Gospel appropriately, exhibit a passion for ministry, act courageously, equip God’s people for service, care for others, demonstrate integrity, and pray.



Lutheran Early Childhood Centers and Elementary Schools

More than 1,200 early childhood centers and preschools are operated by congregations and Christian day schools within the LCMS. More than 87,000 children, ranging in age from infant/toddler to 5 years of age, are involved in these programs. Additionally, our congregations operate 880 elementary schools which serve approximately 113,000 students. More than 650 early childhood centers and elementary schools are accredited under the National Lutheran School Accreditation program.

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Lutheran High Schools

Information for more than 130 domestic and international Lutheran high schools can be found on this page, which is maintained by The Office of Church Relations at Valparaiso University.

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International Schools

Today, the LCMS operates three international schools, and there are nearly 200 Lutheran schools operated by our partner churches worldwide.

Learn more provides Lutheran teachers with spiritual, academic and communication support. The website offers a growing array of resources, devotions and discounted services. Additional resources are being produced for the site.



Protect My Ministry

Protect My Ministry is an employment and volunteer background screening company established to assist churches, schools and other faith-based organizations in implementing and maintaining a thorough background screening process.

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Ministry Overview

Learn more about LCMS School Ministry by downloading this information sheet. You are welcome to download and print copies to share with your congregation, school, Bible study groups, and friends and family.





Recent News

School Ministry – LCMS News & Information
Lutheran principal in Grafton, Wis., receives national recognition
Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:02:28 PM

Two Lutheran-school teachers win teaching-excellence award
Thursday, December 07, 2017 12:26:13 PM

Registration opens for first Lutheran School Administrators Conference
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:00:05 PM

NLSA honors Schmidt with School Shepherd Award
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:05:28 PM

NLSA accredits 102 schools, recognizes five as ‘Schools of Distinction’
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:01:30 PM

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