School Ministry Yearly Themes

Upcoming Themes


  • 2021-2022 Theme: "In All Things"

    Theme Verse: Colossians 1:15-20

  • 2022-2023 Theme: TBD

    The 2022-2023 Theme will be announced in early spring 2022!

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., with past themes coming from LCMS Youth Gatherings and Synod Conventions. This year’s theme of “In All Things” and scripture of Colossians 1:15-20 was developed from the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering theme. Future overall themes will continue to 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 years and check back to see what themes are being developed for the upcoming years!

2021-2022 Yearly Theme


Theme: “In All Things”

Scripture Verse: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:15-20 ESV).

2021-2022 Chapel Talks (Coming Soon!)
2021-2022 NLSW Resources (Coming Soon!)
2021-2022 Theme Resources (Coming Soon!)

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 “Sent to Serve” (2020-2021), “Joy:Fully Lutheran” (2019-2020), “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.