Telling the Next Generation: Utilizing Our Schools for Outreach

We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. Psalm 78:4

What a blessing and opportunity the Lord provides in our early childhood ministries and our schools to share the gospel with children and their families. Do you sometimes wonder if there are ways to connect with those families and connect families to the Word?

Telling the Next Generation is a ministry provided by the WELS Commission on Evangelism and the Commission on Lutheran Schools. The program serves congregations of the WELS with planning, assistance, and resources for implementation of outreach and harvest strategies utilizing their Lutheran elementary school and/or early childhood ministry.

The presenters are WELS church and school leaders who are experienced with conducting school ministries with an outreach focus. In breakout sessions, the presenters and other advisors will work with individual congregations to advise them regarding outreach plans and strategies.

The workshop includes sessions:

  1. Committed to the Word – The gospel is the means that the Holy Spirit uses to work/grow faith in the hearts of its audience. The Word teaches us the true definition of our church/school mission and guides us in our vision for carrying it out. It’s the Word that empowers our faith and directs our lives to serve Jesus and the people he leads us to reach with the good news of his salvation.
  1. Relationships – Very important for utilizing our childhood ministries for outreach are the relationships that church and school leaders have and strive to grow with each other and with school families. They work as an organized and determined team with focus on the precious souls they are reaching for Christ.
  1. Harvest Strategies – Relationships are vital to an effective outreach and harvest strategy. These relationships include those among faculty, staff, school and church leadership. They work together as an organized and determined team focusing on building relationships with school and ECM families to connect them with the gospel of Jesus.

It’s the gospel (1st presentation) that unites and motivates people doing ministry (2nd presentation) and compels them by the love of Christ to use the gospel in strategic ways to harvest souls for the kingdom (3rd presentation).

In the months following the workshop, advisors follow-up with congregations in order to answer questions, supply resources, and give advice for fulfilling the goals that were discussed and planned at the workshops.

Who should attend: pastor, principal, ECM director, education and evangelism leaders, and other interested congregational leaders and members.

For more information or to schedule a workshop in your area, contact any of the following:

Commission on Evangelism
Jim Rademan            Director of the Commission on Lutheran Schools
Cindi Holman            WELS National Coordinator for Early Childhood Ministries

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