Administrator Resources

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The LCMS School Ministry office provides Lutheran educational ministries with resources to assist with the mission of spreading the Gospel. Resources are available for Lutheran school administrators serving in schools with programs for early childhood through high school students.

A growing community of “people who work with Lutheran education” can be found on the #LuthEd Facebook group. With over 6,000 members, this group is a vibrant community where any and all questions about Lutheran education can be quickly answered by administrators.


Resources Available

Governing Board Resource for Lutheran Schools (2017 Edition)

The Governing Board Resource for Lutheran Schools is a practical guide designed to support the school administrator and the governing authority with leading a Lutheran school. Governance models, roles, and responsibilities of the school leaders and the governing authority are explored. The governing resource is a tool that can be used as a professional development tool. Each chapter addresses timely topics in school governance with reflection questions that assist church and school ministry teams with self-assessment and tools for improvement.

In His Hands

In His Hands is a manual intended for leaders and board members of early childhood programs that are freestanding or associated with a Lutheran elementary school. This valuable resource provides direction as new programs are developed as well as support for existing centers in the operation and management of excellent early childhood programs. Additionally, a collection of 22 handouts and fillable forms referenced in the manual, and designed to be adapted for use in centers, is included in the downloadable PDF document. The In His Hands resource is available as both a FREE downloadable PDF as well as a hard-copy, soft-cover book for purchase through

LuthEd is the online presence and resource repository of the LCMS School Ministry office. It replaced the historic Lutheran School Portal in 2016 and contains information related to all School Ministry publications, documentation for the NLSA, SLED, and LSCS programs, school statistical information, administrative resources and many additional resources for individuals serving in Lutheran education.

Chapel Talks

“Chapel Talks for Lutheran Schools” contains 45 weekly resources for individuals tasked with leading weekly chapel services to students of all ages in Lutheran and Christian schools. Bible verses, weekly hymns and speaking points make up only a portion of the great content of the annual Chapel Talks document!

National Lutheran Schools Week

National Lutheran Schools Week provides the network of over 1,800 LCMS preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work in Lutheran schools. In this, Lutheran schools thank God for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation for the children they serve and for the opportunity to share Jesus’ amazing love with students and their families. National Lutheran Schools Week gives schools the ability to proclaim these great blessings within the communities they serve. Lutheran schools are amazing incubators for faithful witness of God’s love through Christ by teachers and students alike. 

School Ministry Mailing

The School Ministry Mailing, consisting of articles published monthly September through May, offers excellent resources and ideas for administrators, directors, pastors, teachers, board members and parents of Lutheran schools.  Each article focuses in on a specific topic relevant to the overall annual School Ministry theme. 

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