In the stakeholder engagement process that led to the development of the ‘LEQ Strategy 2019 and beyond’, the Lutheran Education community in Queensland articulated our approach – ‘how’ we go about achieving our mission. We arrived at the following:
We provide education and care in which the Gospel of Jesus Christ informs all learning and teaching, human relationships, and all activities.
The start of a new year is a great opportunity to reflect on this approach. Do we genuinely believe this statement? Do our actions reflect it? That the Gospel of Jesus Christ informs ALL learning and teaching, human relationships, and ALL activities.
I have worked in, and visited, schools (not Lutheran!) where it was clear that the Gospel informed the worship life and the teaching of Christian Studies. But we say that the Gospel informs every interaction, each action, and all experiences. The welcoming of a child as they walk through the front gate, a staff member picking up a piece of litter, two groundsmen sitting together over lunch are all informed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Last Sunday at Our Saviour Church, Pastor Lee Kroehn not only blessed the primary school aged children but also blessed their school backpacks for the year ahead. It was a simple but tangible reminder to me that the Gospel informs even the most mundane elements of Lutheran schools.
Grace and Peace for the year ahead