National Lutheran Schools Week

National Lutheran Schools Week provides the network of 1,950 LCMS preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work in Lutheran schools.

In this, Lutheran schools thank God for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation for the children they serve and for the opportunity to share Jesus’ amazing love with students and their families.

National Lutheran Schools Week gives schools the ability to proclaim these great blessings within the communities they serve. Lutheran schools are amazing incubators for faithful witness of God’s love through Christ by teachers and students alike.

“Joy:Fully Lutheran” is the theme for the 2020 National Lutheran Schools Week celebration. The associated scripture verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 which says:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”

When is the 2019-2020 NLSW Celebration?


January 26 – February 1, 2020


Download the 2020 National Lutheran Schools Week Materials
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Looking for the NLSW Dates for 2020-2021?


January 24 – 30, 2021

About the Author

Rev. Bob Riggert served for 15 years as executive assistant for Education, Youth and Stewardship for the LCMS Iowa District West. He is a former Lutheran school teacher, principal and parish pastor. He has also written Bible studies for the 2008 and 2011 LCMS National Children’s Ministry conferences, “Living as Children of a Generous God” stewardship resources for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, the 2014-2017 Chapel Talks, and numerous other Bible studies and children’s ministry resources. Riggert is a graduate of Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, Neb., and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.