School Ministry Yearly Themes

Upcoming Themes


  • 2019-2020 Theme: "Joy:Fully Lutheran"

    “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
    – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18(24)

  • 2020-2021 Theme: TBD

    The 2020-2021 Theme has yet to be determined but you can look for more information coming soon!

Why a Yearly Theme?

The LCMS School Ministry office has aligned the themes for NLSW and Chapel Talks for the coming years so that there is a single theme for all publications for the entire year.  This will allow for schools to utilize the overall theme in their individual school if they choose and will also tie ministries of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod together thematically throughout the year.

Each theme for the coming years has been chosen with intent based on national Synod events overlapping the indicated school calendar years. “It’s Still All About Jesus” was the theme for the 500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation in 2017 and “Real. Present. God.” coincided with the LCMS Youth Gathering in 2019.  This year’s theme of “Joy:Fully Lutheran” continues the use of the theme developed for the 2019 LCMS Convention. Additionally, future overall themes will work to embrace events and themes for specific years on a larger scale than what has happened historically.

Be sure to use the overall themes in your ministry in the next two years and check back to see what themes are being developed for the upcoming years!

2019-2020 Yearly Theme


Theme: “Joy:Fully Lutheran”

Scripture Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
*Schools are able to choose specific verses from within the indicated range which fit their needs!

Get the 2019-2020 Chapel Talks
Download the 2019-2020 NLSW Resources
Download the 2019-2020 Theme Resources

Historical Yearly Themes

If you are looking for themes from previous years, please go to LCMS .org and use the search bar at the top of the page to search for Chapel Talks and National Lutheran Schools Week materials and themes. In order to help you focus your search, recent years’ Chapel Talks were “Real. Present. God.” (2018-2019), “It’s Still All About Jesus” (2017-2018), “Upon This Rock” (2016-2017), “Life Together” (2015-2016), “Stand In Mercy” (2014-2015), and “Learn the Faith – Live the Faith” (2013-2014). Searching for “Chapel Talks” will also return additional years’ historical resources.