Maggie Gruben (GLOW member) helping with Operation Christmas Child
The Christian Leadership School
Someone once said that you can love people without leading them, but you cannot lead people without loving them. Leadership guru, John Maxwell, says that “everything rises and falls on leadership.” Jesus Christ said that “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). He also challenged “everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more” (Luke 12:48).
At Lutheran High School, we are dedicated to our mission which is To Prepare Christian Leaders—One Student at a Time. To accomplish this, we offer our students a variety of opportunities to discover, grow, and apply their God-given leadership skills for service beyond their years at Lutheran High School.
How is Lutheran High School Preparing Christian Leaders—One Student at a Time?
Listed below are the Top Ten ways we are challenging and transforming students into Christian leaders.
1. Committed to Our Cause and God's Word
Our schools’ entire mission and focus, from course syllabus to graduation diploma, is committed to Christian leadership development and enhancement in our students. We teach our students God's truth and Jesus died for their sins. This compels all of us to lead and serve in Jesus' name.
2. Christian Leadership Class
We requre all of our students to take a Christian leadership class during their junior year. Students will not only learn leadership theories and schools of thought, but grow in knowledge and confidence in their own leadership capabilities and gifts. This class also invites community leaders to talk and meet with our students about their personal trials and tribulations as leaders in their businesses, organizations, homes, and community.
3. Christian Leadership Seminars
Special leadership speakers are frequently brought in to challenge, inspire, encourage, teach, and provide tools for our students to grow in their own leadership capacities.
4. Christian Leadership Curriculum and Classroom Leadership Lessons
Each teacher and each class provide specific leadership lessons and challenges for our students to grow. Moreover, students are assessed in each course unit on their understanding and knowledge of Christian servant leadership as well as their ability to lead and serve as inspired by Jesus.
5. Christian Leadership Opportunities Outside the Classroom
LHS’s enrollment size provides the perfect environment for leadership opportunities for our students. Over 90% of our students are involved in various co-curriculars where they are entrusted as leaders of their teams and organizations.
6. Lutheran High's Service Group
GLOW (God’s Light of the World) is Lutheran High’s service club. The group’s purpose is based on James 2:26: “Faith without works is dead” and also on Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
GLOW seeks out way to serve others in our schools, churches, and community. Most recently, GLOW spearheaded an effort at Lutheran High to collect toys and other products to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. GLOW packed 103 shoeboxes that will be sent, along with the Gospel message, to underprivileged children around the world.
7. Crusader Scholarship Award
To be considered for this scholarship, students are required to pick a book from our Leadership Library and provide a written report as well as a formal 45 minute presentation to the scholarship committee on their work. Students are asked to express how the leadership work has encouraged or inspired them to be the Christian leaders God has equipped them to be.
8. Extra Leadership Opportunities
Lutheran High's “Soul Train” is a one-of-a-kind Christian drama troupe designed to provide laughs and a Christian message to audience members. Soul Train members write their own scripts as well as act out their Biblically inspired messages. Other schools may have Student Council and National Honor Society, but our focus with these groups is serving others as compelled and motivated by Jesus. Of course, students also participated in numerous service projects as well as a school-wide Service Day.
9. Chapel and Special Leadership Training Assemblies
Students are exposed to the life and leadership lessons of Jesus Christ twice a week in a relaxed chapel setting. Moreover, special guest speakers are constantly brought in to encourage student leadership development and growth.
10. Christian Leadership Modeling from Our Teachers and Staff
Our teachers and staff are renowned for the amount of individual time and attention they give our students. As Christian leaders themselves, our teacher are not perfect, but they are dedicated to each students spiritual well-being, and his or her academic, intellectual, social, and leadership growth. Our teachers talk and teach leadership, and most importantly, live it day by day with our students.