MISSION STATEMENT OF
GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH, SCHOOL AND
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Mission of Good Shepherd is to share the love of God in Christ Jesus, the caring Shepherd, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our Ministry to accomplish this Mission is:
Celebrating Christ as God’s gift for our salvation, proclaiming Him as
1, Savior, and growing through the means of grace.
2. Equipping, developing, and utilizing God’s people for ministry.
3. Ministering with the Gospel to each other, our community and the world.
OBJECTIVES OF GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN
SCHOOL AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
God teaches that parents are to provide Christian training for their children and promises blessings from it. Consider the following words of God:
“Teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you.”
“You fathers, bring up your children in the nurture and instruction of the Lord.”
“These words which I commanded you this day shall be in your heart and you
shall teach them diligently to your children.”
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when
he is old he will not depart from it.”
“All of your sons shall be taught by the Lord, and
great shall be the prosperity of your sons.”
Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Child Development Center exists to provide a program of education, care, and development which is in harmony with God’s will as revealed in the Bible. All of life, including knowledge and service, finds its source, meaning and purpose in the Lord Jesus Christ. Good Shepherd operates its School and Child Development Center as a part of God’s mission to all people, and makes this route available to those families of the congregation and the community desiring this kind of Christian Education program. Even though the School and Child Development Center are important agencies in the training of children, the other agencies of the church such as Sunday School, weekly worship services, and youth activities are integral parts of the spiritual training of the total child. All parents and students of Good Shepherd are encouraged to participate regularly in these agencies.
Our aim and purpose is to provide a total educational program in a definite caring Christian atmosphere. Not only are there daily religion classes, in which the crucified and risen Christ is exalted, but the other subjects are also taught in the light of Christ and Scripture. It is our purpose not only to assist parents in educating their children to become good citizens of this country but also to help them to become and remain citizens of the kingdom of heaven. This is done by the daily use of God’s word, prayer, and Christian example through the power and working of the Holy Spirit. We also wish to assist parents by providing a loving caring atmosphere in the Child Development Center, where children learn to share, to care, and to love one another.
We believe that the Bible clearly teaches that man was created perfect and holy with a free will by our loving God (Genesis 1:27, 31; 2:16-17). But this was all lost when sin entered the world through Adam’s and Eve’s disobedience and spread to all through the inheritance of a sinful nature (Romans 5:8). Because of his boundless love for us, Jesus rescued us from the punishment we and all people earned by our sins (Romans 5:8), and it is by the acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior that we receive the forgiveness of sins as a free gift from God (Romans 10:9). It is the Holy Spirit working ourselves to Him (Romans 8:8-9). As we seek the total leadership of Jesus in every part of our lives, the “growing in grace” occurs (2 Peter 3:18), which we trust the Lord not only to receive, but also to share this Good News of salvation with the world, beginning where we are (Matthew 28:19-20).
We believe that Christian education is a vital aspect of God’s mission, commanded by Him to the Church through the Great Commission. It is the whole education of the people of God, regardless of age, carried out under the influence of the Gospel.
We believe that effective education is carried on through quality and experiential learning programs that relate the Christian faith to every aspect of life.
We believe that Christian education is unique because:
Christian education views the pupil as one redeemed by Christ.
Christian education carries out God’s command for educating man.
Christian education is powered by the Holy Spirit for accomplishing its purposes.
In all matters, the guiding principles of Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Child Development Center are found in Scripture, the inspired Word of God and the only norm and source for all we believe and teach, as set forth in the Lutheran Confessions
Our Christian responsibility compels us to pursue academic quality as the proper response to Christ’s redemptive work. Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Child Development Center strives to make itself an effective educational agency for equipping children and their families for participating in the following five functional areas of Christian living; i.e. education, worship, evangelism, fellowship, and service.
EDUCATION: Christian education nurtures children’s faith for a lifetime of service to God and their fellowmen. All teaching, especially exposure to God’s word is empowered by the Holy Spirit for accomplishing God’s purposes. Students are prepared to become responsible stewards of the gifts God has bestowed upon them. II Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
WORSHIP: Students are helped to grow in their spiritual lives through all the effective aspects of worship: prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. Teachers provide Christian models and leadership in building the worship life of pupils. Matthew 4:10 states: “…Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”
EVANGELISM: Students and teachers learn to bear witness to their faith by witnessing to each other and their community.
Children hear the Good News of Jesus’ love and share it with their families and friends. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
FELLOWSHIP: Students and faculty accept one another as fellow members of the Body of Christ. They work and play together, support and encourage each other, and learn to value, accept, and respect one another. The understanding of Law and Gospel pervades relationships so that each person knows he or she is a redeemed sinner and a beloved child of God. Teachers and students work together to maintain an atmosphere of love and joy. Romans 12:5 declares: “So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
SERVICE: Students and teachers help each other and the community to emulate Christ-like compassion and love for all people. John 13:35 says, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
We believe that each child is a special gift from God, a unique creation, possessing his own personality, learning style and maturation pace. Mindful of this, our programs are designed to encompass the total child, and promote spiritual, physical, cognitive, emotional, aesthetic, and social development of each individual.
WHAT IS EDUCATION IN A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL?
In education we are focused with the development of knowledge, skill, ability, attitude and character by means of teaching, training, study and experience. Christian education has precisely the same general aims, but it is based on the Bible and has three specific goals:
To lead the individual to faith in Christ and to keep him in that faith.
To help the individual to develop into an even better and more perfect Christian in all of life’s relationships both secular and religious.
To keep before the individual the goal of every child of God - eternal
life in heaven.
The Lutheran school is the best agency for such Christian education because it provides for the total growth and development of the child. The Bible describes such a complete education in Luke 2:52 …
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.”
Four types of growth are included in our educational program: mental, physical, spiritual and social development. All four types receive daily attention at Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Child Development Center. In this total program, the Word of God influences everything the child learns and serves as a unifying and organizing force in the school program.
We believe that all who have been brought to faith are commissioned by Him to preserve and extend the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 28:19-20) Good Shepherd Lutheran School exists as a vital component of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s mission and ministry and, through Christian education, strives to equip its students to be Disciples of Christ, applying Law and Gospel to all aspects of life and learning in order to be witnesses for Him.
The objectives of Good Shepherd Lutheran School are to provide an environment:
Where children learn God’s Word and will and are nurtured in the Christian faith.
Where children experience God’s love, express their love for God through
service to their neighbor, and accept themselves and each other as forgiven
and forgiving sinners.
Where children learn and develop their skills and talents as good stewards of
Where the whole child grows and matures as a child of God - spiritually,
intellectually, physically, socially, aesthetically, and emotionally.
Where children are led to help others not only in the home and the school but
also in the community and the world.
Good Shepherd Lutheran School is owned and operated under the jurisdiction of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (a member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod). It is supervised by the Ministry of Christian Education, under the authority given by the Voters Assembly of the congregation.
Good Shepherd Lutheran School is accredited by National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA). NLSA is a recognized and voting member of Oklahoma Private Schools Accreditation Commission (OPSAC), which has been recognized by the Oklahoma State Legislature. NLSA also has cooperative agreements with North Central Accreditation, the regional accrediting agency for Oklahoma Public Schools.
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod adheres to the doctrines outlined in the Small Catechism. Doctor Martin Luther based the Small Catechism on his study of the Bible and he organized the teachings of Scripture into six chief parts. These six chief parts of Christian doctrine are as follows: The Ten commandments, The Apostles’ Creed, The Lord’s Prayer, The Sacrament of Holy Baptism, The Office of the Keys and Confession, and Holy Communion.
Most memory work assignments are taken from the Bible or Luther’s catechism. We have copies of the catechism available in the school office for parents to review.
Worship begins with God, who speaks to us in the Word about Christ. “You are My people. You are forgiven.” In our worship together, God speaks that Word to us in the Scripture readings. His Word dwells in us through faith. It flows out of us to one another - in responsive readings, in hymns and spiritual songs - and we remind one another of God’s great deeds, strengthening and building up one another in our faith and life. Finally, our worship moves upward - in adoration of God, in thanks to Him for His mercy.
Worship becomes real as we see its 3 dimensions. The Word from God is shared with one another, and then returns to God in a response of praise and thanksgiving.
“Worship involves the whole life of a Christian and every opportunity available for communication with God should be gratefully used. Respect for worship is taught and expected at Good Shepherd Lutheran. Students are involved in daily prayers, Bible study and worship. Weekly chapel services are an opportunity for all students to gather together for worship; parents and friends are invited to attend. Chapel offerings are designated by the faculty.
Regular family attendance at church services and Sunday School or Bible classes is an integral part of Christian education, and is a commandment of our Lord. Families that are not active members of a Christian congregation are invited to participate in the worship life of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.