One in Spirit and Purpose

Published on June 28th, 2015

How Christian educators have embraced our convention theme throughout the past three years

“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:4-6).

We are rapidly bringing to a close another triennium. During this three-year period, God’s people have worked together to share Jesus Christ with one another and their respective congregations through worship, Bible study and Christian education. Allow me this opportunity to pen how Christian educators have embraced the convention theme, “One in Spirit and Purpose,” throughout the past three years.

Academic Excellence
Accreditation has helped Christian administrators and teachers partner together to enhance instruction and advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through the National Lutheran School Accreditation or AdvancED/NLSA dual accreditation, young adults and children have access to the best possible Christian school in their community. All 44 district Lutheran elementary and three Lutheran high schools have achieved this status. NLSA-accredited earlychildhood centers are also increasing in number in the Indiana District.

Professional Conferences
Whether Christian educators gather together at the Indiana District Teacher, Early-Childhood, DCE or All- Church Worker conferences, these meetings afford commissioned ministers the opportunity for worship, Christian fellowship and professional growth in their particular area of ministry.

Shared Partnerships
Our partnerships are fostered through principal and DCE cluster meetings in all four Indiana District geographical regions, through the Lutheran School Partnership and through the collective efforts of ordained, commissioned and laity working together to share Jesus. God has blessed that partnership through many building expansions and new starts, initiatives and programs.

Student Instruction
Grounded in their Baptism, Christian educators live in peace and know that they are redeemed and restored servant leaders through Jesus Christ, their Lord and Savior. Because of this Christian instruction, young adults and children leave their schools or Bible classes more equipped to bring the Gospel message to their families, congregational members and communities. We can be thankful, not only at the close of another triennium, but at all times, for our God is always faithful and we are heirs to His kingdom and will live forever.