Our faith is built on the study of God's Word. Although Biblical principles are integrated into everything we do, we also have time for young men and women to study together and to discuss current topics that our world presents us with.
Women's Bible study takes place on Thursday mornings. Fridays are reserved for the guys. Both times take place from 7-7:30am and parents and other adults are always welcome to attend.
"..faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ." Romans 10:17
All students at N.E.W. Lutheran High School are expected to take one Faith Development class per semester. Classes range from Old Testament or New Testament surveys for Freshmen and Sophomores to Peer Ministry, Marriage and the Family, Christian Doctrine, Christian Leadership or Church History for Juniors and Seniors.
The Bible is our main textbook for all classes but we also use resources from Focus on the Family, Concordia Publishing House and other faith-based organizations that help young people grow to the point where they can defend their Christian faith wherever they may go.
"Train a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6
IMPACTING THE WORLD
Part of loving others as Christ has loved us means that we get to serve those in need around us. Throughout the year, our students participate in several community-based service efforts to help individual families, organizations that serve those in need and Christian missions all around the world. Two days a year are also set aside for this purpose as every student participates in a service project in our community.
In order for our students to understand the impact they have on the world, we put them in position to serve the community. It is our belief that requiring service hours is counter-productive as it teaches young people that serving is something to do out of obligation rather than from the heart. Volunteering is something we can all do to give back and to love the world as Christ loved us.
"....serve one another in love." Galatians 5:13
LIFT stands for Life in Faith Together. For 30 minutes every week, our school gathers in small groups (10-12 students) along with a faculty advisor to study God's word, pray, discuss possible service projects and current life events happening around campus or in our world. Junior and Senior student leaders create and lead the devotions and Bible studies that are based on issues that teens face.
"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17
Every year during spring break our students have the opportunity to go on a mission trip. The trip is planned through an organization called Next Step Ministries, which is a non-profit organization that creates long-lasting relationships with communities that it serves. This experience is considered a multi-generational opportunity as we have partnered with a local church, opening it up to middle school students and family members alike.
In recent years our students our trips have gone to the following locations:
* Long Island, NY - Super Storm Sandy rebuilding efforts
* Joplin, MO & Moore, OK - Tornado rebuilding efforts and community funding
* St. Augustine, TX - Building projects and community relationship work
* Oklahoma City, OK - Inner city building projects and relief efforts
* Colorado Springs, CO - Community efforts to combat homelessness and poverty
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10
The students at N.E.W. Lutheran High School have the opportunity to worship our Lord twice a week at chapel services. Local association pastors, community leaders, student groups and members of the teaching faculty share the Lord's message in our gymnasium, the commons or at our outdoor chapel area. A student-led praise band participates in leading worship once a week as well.
"He is my God and I will praise Him..." Exodus 15:2