From Dan Gehrke, Executive Director
A friend of mine once told me, "Lutherans are committed to receiving God's love, God's Word, and God's forgiveness. We get it. We share it. And we leave the world a better place."
A Lutheran high school has the same mission. You can find Lutheran high schools all over the country, all committed to the same thing: being academically excellent schools that God uses to transform the lives of others through Jesus Christ.
Jesus said in John 10:27-28 - "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand."
Jesus knows us. And that same love and salvation that He extends to us through His death and resurrection is the same salvation that is proclaimed daily in our Lutheran high schools across the country.
Jesus knows us and in turn, a Lutheran high school knows and loves its students. The relationships formed at a Lutheran high school become the foundation for both academic excellence and spiritual encouragement. Lutheran high schools are communities of people dedicated to having a conversation about what God has done for us through His son Jesus Christ. Those communities are then the perfect complement to families and churches who value both reaching the lost and raising up Christian kids to become spiritual champions.
And that is why the environment of a Lutheran high school makes an instant connection with Christian families. One need not be a Lutheran to attend a Lutheran high school. The core tenants of "grace alone," "faith alone," "Scripture alone" found in Lutheran theology and doctrine by their very nature resonate with all people in search of the truth. They also draw in non-Christians who are seeking answers to the greater questions of life.
Indeed, Lutheran high school communities leave the world a better place.
The Colorado Lutheran High School Association which does business as Lutheran High School is part of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS or Synod). The LCMS is a mission-oriented and Bible-based denomination that confesses the historic, orthodox Christian faith in the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a faith built on “the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Eph. 2:20). With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God, who created all that exists; became man to suffer, die, and rise again for the world’s redemption; and brings people to faith and new life through His Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – are coequal and coeternal, one God.
LCMS congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod, and, although diverse in many ways, all hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture. We believe without reservation that the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testament are the written Word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and of practice. In addition, the Synod accepts without reservation the writings contained in the Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Believing in the authority of Holy Scripture and that the Lutheran Confessions are a correct interpretation and presentation of biblical doctrine, our congregations agree to conform all their teaching and practice to the Scriptures and the Confessions.
The Synod “is not an ecclesiastical government, exercising legislative or coercive powers” (LCMS Constitution, Article VII) concerning its member congregations and ministers. However, the voluntary association of member congregations and ministers includes their agreement to respect and honor and uphold (Bylaw 1.7.2, 1.8.1) decisions (resolutions) made by the Synod in its national conventions regarding the understanding of the teachings of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions and practices that are consistent with such teaching. The Synod in convention is the “principle legislative assembly” of the LCMS (Bylaw 3.1.1) and its resolutions and statements are the position of the Synod in matters of doctrine and life. The Constitution and Bylaws of the LCMS provide specific guidance for the implementation and supervision of the teaching and practice of its members (congregations and rostered church workers).
Congregations of the LCMS, while upholding teachings and practices that are consistent with Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions and while honoring Synod convention resolutions, are self- governed and establish policies based on local circumstance and expediency. An LCMS congregation or ministry operates according to its own constitution and bylaws – which are required by the Synod Bylaws to be reviewed by the District through which the congregation holds membership in the Synod – and therein establishes an orderly way of making decisions and determines which individuals or entities in the congregation (e.g., the pastor, church council, board of elders) will have authority to act on behalf of the congregation in specific circumstances. The Constitution and bylaws of the Colorado Lutheran High School Association govern our decision-making and policies. A copy is available upon request.
Statement on the Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps. 139).
Statement Concerning Human Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term marriage has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen. 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of [the organization] as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Lutheran High School community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Lutheran High School in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Lutheran High School.
At Lutheran High School, our mission is to provide an environment that “nurtures academic excellence” and “encourages growth in Christ.” Beyond the classroom, all extra-curricular activities must be Christ-centered and in support of the growth and excellence these statements profess. Years ago, I was blessed at a conference to hear our priorities ranked in the ministry of Christian education. It’s a blueprint worth following and certainly puts things in proper perspective.
Salvation through Jesus Christ:The foundation for our school is Jesus Christ. The single-most important thing we can do as a ministry is point people to His saving work on the cross and the hope of salvation and eternal life through Him alone. There are certainly academic components to theology classes, but above all they are about relationships – with Jesus Christ and each other. Every aspect of our school must point to our Savior.
Character Development:We need to be in the business of Christ-centered character education. Not a bland, watered-down program about “respect,” but the fullness of Scripture working in our lives and encouraging the Fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). We emphasize academic honesty, integrity in our relationships with others, developing a work ethic, being good stewards, using uplifting language, and serving others. Developing character means everything from starting the day with the Pledge of Allegiance (citizenship) to providing appropriate discipline (accountability) to insisting that students do their own work (integrity).
Academic Excellence:We may not get far in Douglas County with an ad campaign that announced, “At Lutheran High School, academics are our third priority.” Without question, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ and how we respond to that are of greater significance in our ministry than academics. Pursuing excellence means we want academics to be the very best they can be – we just understand the eternal context. Doing well on a test or getting the desired grade is important, but we want students to understand the significance and deeper ramifications of the material that is being studied. More than just the what, we want to develop students that have the higher order thinking abilities to analyze, synthesize, and create in the classroom.
Competitive Excellence:Colossians 3:23 reminds us that “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” This is a Scripture seen frequently in connection with athletic and extra-curricular programs. We don’t want to be soft on training. There’s Biblical support for doing things well, working hard, and pursuing excellence. Eligibility rules are in place to help emphasize that this does not usurp academics. We want students pursuing excellence on the court, field, and stage that understand the role extra-curriculars have in the scheme of things at Lutheran High School.
I’m thankful for the ministry of Lutheran High School as it relates to Salvation through Jesus Christ, Character Development, Academic Excellence, and Competitive Excellence! Pray with us that this is maintained and strengthened!
Principal, Lutheran High School
Nurturing Academic Excellence Encouraging Growth in Christ
Mrs. Cheryl Cattau is the Alumni Coordinator for Lutheran High School. She can be reached at the Association office at 303-934-8611. Please update Cheryl with current contact information and exciting life news at firstname.lastname@example.org.