To reach the new resource replacing the Lutheran School Portal, please use the link below.  Most of the resources previously found on the Portal are now available through this site and we will be completely transitioning to this new page throughout the month of July so that eventually by going to you will reach the new site.


Go to the New Website!




IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ: Throughout the month of July, we are in the process of transitioning to the new Church Worker Update (CWU) and Commissioned Minister Information Form (CMIF) systems which will replace the existing LEIF system.  All Rostered workers will need to update their CWU information through the website and you are able to copy much of your LEIF information manually over into the new system before August 1, 2016.  If you do not know your login information for the CWU site, please contact the Office of Rosters and Statistics at


ACCESSING OR PRINTING YOUR LEIF: All Portal subscriptions are now expired, but current users of the Portal will still be able to access their LEIF through the “My LEIF” button or through the “Services” tab, and then “My LEIF”.  Even if you receive a message upon login stating that you do not have access, you will still be able to view, download, and print your LEIF.  If you are looking to print your LEIF, enter the “My LEIF” page and there is a “Print My LEIF” option near the bottom of the left column of links on the main LEIF page.


If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Bergholt in the LCMS School Ministry Office at



Lutheran School Portal MAJOR UPDATE!

Lutheran School Portal Update Project

Anticipated Project Completion Date: June 30, 2016


The LCMS School Ministry Office is excited to officially announce a major project currently underway which will benefit all Lutheran schools and their workers!  Over the past years, our office has relied on a tool known as the Lutheran School Portal to deliver news, resources, and other content to member schools and teachers.  This system served our schools well and provided a much-needed support base and an avenue for communication.

However, with the many changes both in the world of technology as well as within the School Ministry Office, the time has come to update this tool to provide an even more amazing resource for all of Lutheran education!  Thus, coming in the summer of 2016, the Portal will have an entirely new look with greatly increased functionality.  Schools will no longer need to subscribe to access the resources and information contained within; everything will be completely free and not require a username or password! The intent is to allow for greater communication, collaboration, and resource-sharing among all workers within the Lutheran education system as a whole. 

With this update there are many changes which will affect all current and past users of the existing Portal. To prepare for these coming changes, please be sure to read through all of the information in the following sections as it will detail both the changes and any steps you will need to take in advance of the scheduled transition date.


Learn More About the Upcoming Changes Here

We are extremely excited to see this new resource come to fruition and we hope that it will be a great benefit to all who work in Lutheran education!  May God continue to bless your work with Lutheran schools!


The LCMS Office of School Ministry

Terry Schmidt, Director

Dr. Rebecca Schmidt, Assoc. Director

Matthew Bergholt, Coord. – Online Support and Services

Susan Green, Coord. – NLSA and LSCS


2016-2018 Themes!


Yearly Themes for Schools Announced!


The LCMS School Ministry Office is pleased to annouce the yearly themes for the next two school years! We have aligned the themes for NLSW and Chapel Talks for the coming years so that we are using a single theme for all publications for the entire year.  Please see below for the upcoming yearly themes as well as the dates for the National Lutheran Schools Week celebrations for the specific years:


2016 – 2017 Theme: Upon this Rock

Theme Verse: “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock” (Is. 26:4 ESV)

NLSW Dates: January 22-28, 2017


2017 – 2018 Theme: It’s Still All About Jesus!

Theme Verse: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8 ESV)

NLSW Dates: January 21-27, 2018


2015-2016 School Statistics!



Thank you to all who submitted their 2015-2016 School Statistics information! We have received our highest response rate ever which will allow us to deliver accurate information about our Lutheran schools around the country.  Be sure to look for next year’s forms in September 2016!

 If you have any additional questions, please contact Matthew Bergholt via email at  Thanks!


NLSA 2015-2016 Best Practices Webinars


 National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) Webinars

 "Best Practices" of the 2015-2016 Exemplary Schools

LCMS School Ministry in cooperation with CUW Office of Continuing and Distance Education conducts monthly webinars.These provide great opportunities for staff development and growth.

Advanced registration and password are not required.  Sign in at:


Salem Lutheran School, Tomball, TX

September 22, 2015 - Student Services Department (YouTube)


St. Michael Lutheran School, Fort Myers, FL

October 13, 2015 - Excellent Teachers and Involved Parents: A Recipe for Student Success / Learning Beyond the Core / Mission Mindness and Service Learning (YouTube)


Immanuel Lutheran School, Wentzville, MO

November 10, 2015 - Greatness in Your School Community, No Matter What Your Size (YouTube)

November 17, 2015 - Greatness in Your School Community, No Matter What Your Size (YouTube)


St. Peter Lutheran School, Arlington Heights, IL

January 5, 2016 - Aligning Teaching and Learning for All Students (YouTube)

January 12, 2016 - Ministry Enhancements (YouTube)

January 19, 2016 - Missional Outreach (YouTube)


 St. Paul Lutheran School, Grafton, WI

February 2, 2016 - Implementing Change Theory in Pursuit of Excellence (Event Link)

February 9, 2016 - Implementing Change Theory in Pursuit of Excellence (Event Link)


Divine Redeemer Lutheran School, Hartland, WI

March 22, 2016 - School Culture is at the Heart of Being a School "On Fire" (Event Link)


For more information, contact Terry Schmidt, Director of Schools and National Lutheran School Accreditation, at 314-996-1292 or


2015-16 National Exemplary Schools Named

The NLSA District Commissioners have selected the following schools as the 2015-2016 NLSA Exemplary Schools:

St. Michael Lutheran School, Fort Myers, FL

Immanuel Lutheran School, Wentzville, MO

St. Peter Lutheran School, Arlington Heights, IL

St. Paul Lutheran School, Grafton, WI

Divine Redeemer Lutheran School, Hartland, WI


We congratulate these schools on this wonderful accomplishment!

NLSA Accreditation Applications

NLSA Documents and Applications for the 2015-2016 School year are posted here:

School EBA Application Form

Early Childhood Application Form

For additional information or questions about the NLSA process, please contact Susan Green at or via phone at 314-996-1294.


FORM 5578

Every year each school must file a Form 5578 - Certification of Racial Nondiscrimination with the IRS by the appropriate deadline. A copy of this form is available in the forms section of the Treasurer's Manual. In filling out Form 5578, on line 2a: show "Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122"; 2b: "43-0658188"; 2c: "1709."    


The deadline is May 15 for schools which have a fiscal year that follows the calendar year (January 1-December 31). A school that has a different fiscal year must submit Form 5578 by the 15th day in the fifth month following the end of the fiscal year. For example, the deadline is November 15 for a school that uses a fiscal year end of June 30.    


We have included the IRS filing form here

Why Lutheran Schools?

To Strengthen the Congregation: Lutheran schools equip children to become Christian leaders in the congregation. The school also involves young parents in congregation activities more than in congregations without schools. These young parents frequently become new leaders of the congregation. Students are encouraged to become future pastors and teachers, ensuring an ongoing supply of church workers.

To Nurture the Children's Faith: Faith is nurtured by daily proclamation of the Gospel, teaching children the Word of God and how to read and understand that Word on their own, and by modeling and challenging students to live the Christian faith.

To Strengthen their Communities: Every community needs students who are academically qualified and have learned to practice appropriate morality and respect. Since Lutheran schools accept students from all parts of the community, they can have a strong effect on the community itself.

To Provide a Safe, Caring Place for Children. Unfortunately, in many communities children are not safe. Lutheran schools provide places where children don't have to worry about being attacked verbally or physically. Loving teachers and other staff members daily demonstrate Christ's love for them and their love for children.

To Help Children See All of Their Lives From the Perspective of God's Word. As the Christian faith is integrated into their lives, Christian decision-making and problem solving are facilitated.

To Demonstrate the High Value the Congregation Places on Children. Lutheran schools require a considerable investment of prayers, energy, money and staff. Such an investment by a congregation clearly demonstrates to the community that it places a high value on children, God's beloved little ones.

To Enhance the Public Relations of the Congregation. As the school reaches many segments of the community, the parents who come to the school begin to inquire about the sponsoring congregation. Members frequently ask each other, Does this congregation have a school? But non-member school parents frequently ask the school, "Does this school have a church?" The congregation becomes better known in the community because of the school parents, and the school's marketing efforts.



To Seek Out the Lost: Lutheran schools, which enroll children from all parts of the community, provide new and varied opportunities for evangelism by the congregation and its staff. These opportunities are not available in any other way. That's why Lutheran schools are considered the most effective agencies in congregational evangelism and why pastors of growing congregations with schools in nearly every case, identify the school as the congregation's most effective outreach agency. Eighty-five percent of the fastest growing congregations in the Synod operate schools.

To Fulfill the Congregation's Responsibility For the Christian Education of its Children. When the Synod was formed, it became a requirement of synodical membership that congregations would provide Christian education for their children. This was before public schools were available and before Sunday schools were popular. Thus a congregation was expected to operate a Lutheran School if it was to become a member of the Synod. The Great Commission was not given only to parents, but to all members of the church. A current proverb, "It takes a village," reminds congregations that it is their corporate responsibility to provide a Christian education for the children of the congregation.

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