Wyoming District - LCMS

Train Classical Lutheran Teachers

Resolution 3-02-2015

TO MEMORIALIZE SYNOD TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM FOR TRAINING CLASSICAL LUTHERAN TEACHERS

(Overture 3-02-2015)

 

WHEREAS, The Scriptures and Lutheran Confessions command and commend education that shapes students morally as well as intellectually, preparing them to love God and serve their neighbors:

 

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph. 6:4)

 

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Phil. 4:8-9)

 

“For if we want capable and qualified people for both the civil and spiritual realms, we really must spare no effort, time, and expense in teaching and educating our children to serve God and the world. We must not think only of amassing money and property for them.” (LC, 4th Commandment, 172–173);

 

and

 

WHEREAS, an increasing number of Lutheran schools are choosing a classical model of education as best suited to carry out these mandates; and

 

WHEREAS, classical Lutheran education requires teachers richly conversant in Lutheran doctrine and practice, as well as the languages, literature, and history of Western civilization, as Luther himself notes, “One knife cuts better than another; so likewise, one that has learned languages and arts can better and more distinctly teach than another” (Table Talk CXXXVI); and

 

WHEREAS, current teacher education programs offered through the Concordia University System (CUS) do not currently focus on the classical education model; and

 

WHEREAS, this forces many classical Lutheran schools to seek teacher candidates from colleges and universities outside the CUS, even though many such schools would favor having Synodically-trained candidates; and

 

WHEREAS, it is the duty of Synod to “aid congregations to develop processes of thorough Christian education and nurture and to establish agencies of Christian education such as elementary and secondary schools and to support synodical colleges, universities, and seminaries” (Constitution, Article III); and

 

WHEREAS, in conjunction with this Synodical duty, the CUS Board of Directors (BOD) are charged with ensuring that the schools of the CUS are “delivering academic and student programs designed to give students Christ-centered values and tools that equip them for vocations within the church and world” (Bylaw 3.6.6.6 [b]); and

 

WHEREAS, the establishment of a program designed to train prospective Lutheran teachers would greatly strengthen the service of the CUS to Synodical members and help ensure the flourishing of Christian education in the Synod; therefore be it

 

RESOLVED, that the Wyoming District in Convention memorialize the Synod to direct the president of the CUS to form a committee to include at minimum, representatives from the CUS BOD, faculty of the CUS, and administrators, faculty, or staff from schools currently espousing the model of classical Lutheran education; and be it further

 

RESOLVED, that this committee will study how to design and implement a program for training classical Lutheran teachers that will include a strong core of courses in the Scriptures, the Confessions, and the traditional liberal arts, history, literature, and languages of Western Civilization, supplemented by practical pedagogical experience; and let it be finally

 

RESOLVED, that a plan for implementation of such a program be enacted within the coming triennium, with a report by the president of the CUS or his representative to be given at the 2019 Synodical Convention on the progress of the classical Lutheran teacher training program.

 

Action: Adopted as amended.

 

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