National Lutheran Schools Week

National Lutheran Schools Week provides the network of over 1,900 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.

“Sent to Serve” is the theme for the 2021 National Lutheran Schools Week celebration. The associated scripture verse is Matthew 20:28 which says:

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”

When is the 2020-2021 NLSW Celebration?


January 24 – 30, 2021


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Looking for the NLSW Dates for 2021-2022?


January 23 – 29, 2022

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 2014-2020 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.