Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a specialized Christian education program that’s an opportunity for children, parents and volunteers to study God’s Word together and grow as disciples of Jesus.

Outreach Ideas

Outreach today calls for us to be innovative and creative. A congregation can determine outreach ideas that might be effective in their context.

Outreach Process and Tools

There are many ways a congregation can plan outreach efforts. Whichever process is used, it should be clear, concise, and take the perspective of nonchurched people into consideration.

Witness & Outreach

“Witness” and “Outreach” are two aspects of evangelism. “Witness” is what we do individually, and “Outreach” is our congregation’s collective effort.

Mission Trips

Mission trips provide new experiences. You will have the opportunity to help others in what they need—not in what you think they need.

Local Missions

Local mission encourages each of us as Christians to “look after our neighbors so they may enjoy the life God has given them.”

Resources for Educators

The LCMS School Ministry office provides Lutheran educational ministries with resources to assist with the mission of sharing the Gospel in schools and their communities.

Home Schooling

Homeschooling is another option for parents/guardians to consider for the education of their children, incorporating family values and religious education at home.

Starting a School

Resources are available to assist congregations who wish to expand current education ministries as well as begin new ministries.


National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) serves as the accrediting body for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod schools across the nation and abroad.

Teacher Resources

Resources are created annually to support educators who are working with students in early childhood through high school programs.

Sunday School

Regardless of size or context, Sunday School can be a valuable cornerstone of your congregation’s Christian Education program.

Personal Stewardship

The key to understanding your personal stewardship in a Biblical manner is to understand where stewardship belongs within the Christian message: as one aspect of the doctrine of vocation.

Basic Witnessing

“Basic Witnessing” focuses on how to witness in a general sense using an approach to witnessing that can be used in a variety of settings.