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The Lutheran Schools Partnership represents more than 4,000 students enrolled in 17 elementary and middle schools across northeast Indiana, plus Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne. With so many options available, you’re sure to find the right fit for your child!

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Best Practices
Mark Muehl | Apr 01, 2019
Teaching Waiting for Life and Faith
Waiting. One can conclude it gets us in line with God’s will. In his book, Therefore I Have Hope, Cameron Cole writes about the death of his young son. The following is an excerpt from the book and describes what he determined was the only way he and his wife could heal from the death of their son- ‘’God says in Psalm 119:105 that ‘[his] word is a lamp to [our] feet.’ Notice, this is not a flashlight or a spotlight; it is simply a lamp for our feet. Just enough light for what is immediately before us. This means that He intends for His Word to guide us for the next step. Not for the month or the year. Just the next step.’’ What does it mean to wait upon the Lord? In the Scriptures, the word wait means to hope, to anticipate, and to trust. To hope and trust in the Lord requires faith and teaches patience, humility, meekness, long-suffering, keeping the commandments, and endurance. Teaching waiting is a very important discipline as it relates to life, but more importantly as it relates to life in Christ. In a time when waiting is more about seconds than weeks, teaching waiting supports the faith that God graciously provides. When microwaves, Google and Amazon give us what we want quickly, it’s important to teach waiting because waiting strengthens faith. We can (and do) teach waiting in our Lutheran schools by the following- *Teaching patience - Teach time, goals (rather than now, immediate response; let’s see what happens- science) *Teaching humility - Teach service, chores, responsibilities, care for others (classmates and the elderly) *Teaching endurance - Assigning long term projects, and including health and fitness as daily parts of the curriculum *Teaching the commandments - Know them (memorize and study them), talk about the issues within the commandments, demonstrate consequences of disobeying the commandments
 
Christian Leadership
Mark Muehl | May 20, 2019
Where Do You Turn
Google? Youtube? A subscribed podcast? Who do we go to when we need answers? When we were young (very young), it was parents. “Mommy, help!” may have been a plea for something to eat or to get out of a troublesome situation. Middle school found a time when parents didn’t have answers anymore and we turned to classmates for all the answers. Today, teens are still turning to“authorities” other than parents but also use social media as a resource for connecting questions to answers. When the 20’s came around, parents become smart again and were a resource for advice and counsel. However, sometimes, we are our own authority. The famous Dr Seuss said, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” (Oh, the Places You’ll Go) There are a lot of “you’s” in his quote. There are plenty of acknowledgements of talents and skills and an imperative to do something and do something unique. Dr. Seuss puts all the weight on the reader’s shoulders to get moving and make something happen. However, Luther’s caution about leaning on our own wisdom is good counsel. He said, ““I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self.” Whomever we go to has to earn credibility. Youtube and Google lead us to “how to” manuals and other sources of information. However, those resources also have their agendas and will provide information that may oppose tenets of Christian life. Social media? What WAS our world like before the dawn of Facebook and Twitter? Quieter for starters! And just like Google, an agenda NOT in step with our Christian life is quite apparent in the “top stories” that lead our reading. It’s important for us to be reminded to seek God’s will in whatever comes our way. The writer of Psalm 4 turned to God quickly with, “Answer me” (PS 4:1). Why? He knew from past experience and from teaching that God had delivered in the past and would again. He wrote, “You gave me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.” (Ps 4:2). David also writes with a certainty of whose he is and how important that is. Verse 3 says, “But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.” Of course David would go to God in prayer! He was confident in the Fatherly relationship he had with God, was dependent on it and acted on it. This confidence stemmed the questions of “How can this happen” and “Why can’t I have good things happen to me and my school?” Instead, David is looking past the earthly trouble and seeking the light of God’s face (4:6). Doesn’t it sound wonderful to go to bed in confidence knowing and trusting that the Lord makes us dwell in safety? A key that is implied throughout this Psalm is aligning one’s own will with God’s will. David demonstrates for us a key piece to that experience- it’s prayer. Prayers of praise, prayers of lament, prayers of confession, prayers of thanksgiving. David’s prayers would be well to be our prayers, too. Be sure to make prayer a constant in your life and be sure to look for God’s blessing your decisions and activities.
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Funding the Mission
Jon Dize | May 08, 2019
Clarity-Confidence-Courage
Clarity turns into Confidence turns into Courage. Pastor Henry Graf has preached on these words several times. That sentence is hard to say three times fast, but after posting those lines on Linkedin recently I realized they have powerful applications for fundraising at our schools and churches.I wear three hats at The Lutheran Schools Partnership, and one of them is coaching our schools, and indirectly their associated churches, on how to start and grow their fundraising efforts. In addition to meeting with principals once a month, I organize group meetings, lead presentations, and organize the annual Learn and Lead training conferences with experts like last year’s IU Lilly School of Philanthropy and this year’s focus on Customer Service, Marketing, and Fundraising the Disney Way. (We have discount codes available for Partner schools, churches, RSOs, Lutheran, and other Christian-based organizations. Contact me for details.) But what I enjoy the most is meeting with a Partner school’s principal, board, or fundraising director if they have one, and listen to what they want to do. I then try and give clarity to their vision (that is sometimes harder than it sounds!); we help determine the who, what, where, when, and why of their vision and help create a clear map of what to do next. When successful, this clarity will give leadership the confidence to move forward knowing that they have a gameplan for success. Sharing best practices, walking beside them, and providing accountability along the way (and helping edit an appeal letter or two along the way), they can have the conviction to stick to their plans. And once their confidence is strong they can convince others of their plans; that they are going/doing/leading the right way; that they have the courage to not waiver in the face of the status quo or the next shiny bobble of an idea in the news (no more ice bucket invites, please!) So maybe the sentence should be altered to “Coaching brings Clarity, brings Confidence, brings Courage, brings… Success. (Sorry, I couldn’t find a synonym for “Success” that started with a “C”. I guess I will have to work on that one.) And it doesn’t hurt having a picture to Capture your attention. (Good boy, Charlie.)
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News and Events
Jon Dize | Apr 29, 2019
Attend Learn & Lead 2019
It's time again for our annual Learn and Lead, a conference for area schools, churches, RSOs, and other faith-based nonprofits. Staff, boards, committees, etc. can all benefit. And you can send staff to one day, both days, or either day. We have discount codes available, so contact us at 260-203-4510 or jond@tlspartnership.org. To sign up, visit here.
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Quality Education
Jessica Neuman | May 15, 2019
Excellence in Teaching
This past week we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week, a chance to thank teachers who work so hard to educate and shape our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. When we think back to our favorite teachers we often think about those teachers who think outside of the box. The teachers who often are our most memorable, are the ones who not only challenge us academically, but also make us think differently about ourselves. One of those teachers is Jon Bolt.Jon Bolt teaches Science to middle schoolers at Central Lutheran School in New Haven. That, in and of itself, can seem like a large task, but Jon takes the subject of Science and uses it to also teach the faith. “Anything we look at we can see the hand of God,” he remarked. “We talk about Jesus whenever we can. Biology, evolution, volcanoes and then look at what Scripture says. Everything points to God. These are easy opportunities to integrate faith.” It is no wonder he is the 2019 LEA Distinguished Lutheran Middle School Teacher Award recipient. In talking with him you can clearly see his passion for Lutheran Education. Jon is a product of Lutheran Schools. He attended them as a student all the way through his undergraduate and Master’s degrees. His parents were both Lutheran School teachers, so Jon was no stranger to the Lutheran School Teacher way of life. He grew up in the environment both at home and as a student. Jon aims for an inquiry-based style of teaching in his Science class and uses a hands-on approach whenever he can. He talks about trying new things all the time, never being too comfortable with something and willing to make changes. His classroom is not the same from year to year. Not only do the students change but so do the activities. He mentioned, “There is a difference between teaching for 25 years and teaching something 25 times. Even when an activity is enjoyable, it’s important to take the time to evaluate its effectiveness. It may be time to replace it with something else.” When asked, “Why Lutheran Schools?” Jon remembered what retired Michigan District Education Executive Dr. George Locke said, “We’re in the business of getting kids into heaven.” Why would he be in any other business? With that as a reason, you can see how Jon embodies the Lutheran Spirit. Congratulations to Jon Bolt, LEA’s Distinguished Middle School Award Winner.
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School Choice
Mark Muehl | Feb 11, 2019
Religious Liberty White Paper
The Indiana Non-Public Education Association (INPEA) supports the religious diversity and religious liberties of our member school communities. Every child is an individual, and every student arrives at school with a unique set of abilities, needs, and goals. That’s why the diversity of Indiana’s schools is one of our state’s greatest strengths. Hoosier families choose from a broad range of school types, academic settings, and educational programs. The choices available in Indiana help ensure that every child’s individual needs are met.Schools are not all the same, but all contribute to an educated citizenry. All of Indiana’s schools — public and non-public, secular and faith-based — serve the common good. This is no less true of religious and parochial schools. The first schools in our state were founded by religious communities long before public schools were organized, and many continue to serve students today.Many Indiana families voluntarily choose to enroll their children in faith-based schools. This choice is protected by Indiana law. Among INPEA’s 400 members are schools affiliated with Catholic, Lutheran, Christian, Jewish, Adventist, Muslim, or independent and non-denominational faiths.Religious faith and expression are not purely private matters to be confined to the four walls of a church, synagogue, or mosque; rather, faith is something to be lived out in community. Therefore, every faith-based school has the right and the responsibility to define its mission, programs, and practices according to the sincerely held religious beliefs and traditions of its faith community.Hoosier families and students participating in the income-based Indiana choice programs do not, and should not give up their right to select a faith-based school. In 2013, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Choice Scholarship Program does not violate the Indiana Constitution. In 1925, the United States Supreme Court, in Pierce v. Society of Sisters, affirmed as a fundamental principle of liberty that the child is not the “mere creature of the state.” This landmark decision excluded any general power of the state to force children to attend only public schools, consequently upholding the natural right of parents to choose the means of educating their children. Likewise, non-public schools choosing to participate in state accreditation or choice programs do not forfeit the right to define their missions, programs, and practices according to sincerely held religious beliefs and faith traditions.INPEA encourages its members to disclose information about school mission, religious beliefs and practices, curriculum, and expectations of students, parents, employees, and guests. Our faith-based schools should share detailed information about religious beliefs and practices, school mission, admissions procedures, religious instruction, employment criteria, facility use policies, expectations of student conduct, disciplinary procedures, and handbooks for students, parents, and personnel. These resources must be clear, consistent, and affirmed by all associated with the school. Religious belief and expression are the first liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. INPEA supports the religious diversity and the religious freedoms of our member school communities, and their ability to educate all students who choose to attend. (This whitepaper was adopted by the Board of Directors of INPEA in February 2017. The Lutheran Schools Partnership (TLSP) is a member of INPEA.)
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SGO
Jon Dize | Apr 29, 2019
Attend Learn & Lead 2019
It's time again for our annual Learn and Lead, a conference for area schools, churches, RSOs, and other faith-based nonprofits. Staff, boards, committees, etc. can all benefit. And you can send staff to one day, both days, or either day. We have discount codes available, so contact us at 260-203-4510 or jond@tlspartnership.org. To sign up, visit here.