sustainable lutheran schools initiative

November 1, 2016 | Published by St. Paul School

St. Paul Christian School, a private school in Roseburg, Oregon, is participating in the Sustainable Lutheran Schools Initiative (SLSI), a program of the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, designed to strengthen and grow Lutheran schools through the study and implementation of excellent leadership and operational practices. SLSI primarily interfaces with school principals, and through the principal, the various elements of SLSI impact all aspects of participating schools, from faculty to governing boards to pastors. 

Direct benefits of SLSI involvement include:

  • Monthly leadership coaching sessions for the school leader.
  • Two webinars each month related to leadership and school operational topics.
  • Two administrator professional development conferences (fall and spring).

Networking with other leaders around the Northwest, sharing resources and experience.

Northwest District schools that participate in SLSI have found it a benefit in developing stronger, more sustainable school ministries.

St. Paul's principal, Kyle Crane, has seen great benefit for St. Paul in that he is able to glean helpful information from other schools that are growing and thriving and he has the opportunity to be personally mentored by a man who was a very successful principal within the Northwest District. St. Paul is currently one of the top growing Lutheran schools in the Northwest District.

The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod (headquarters in Missouri) operates the largest, single-denomination, non-Catholic, Christian school system in the United States with over 2,000 schools currently.