South Wisconsin District - LCMS 
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Mark 10:45 (ESV)
December 15, 2014
 In This Issue

The next Leadership Learnings will be sent the week of January 5, 2015
The District office will be closed:    December 24-26 and
December 31 - January 1, 2015




Every person I have known who has been truly happy has learned how to serve others.

~ Albert Schweitzer


passionatePassionate Believers Conference

January 31, 2015
Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Hartland

Keynote Speaker:  
Mike Zimmer, NID Mission Facilitator
                                 "For the Healing of the Nations" - Rev. 22:2

Each week, we will be highlighting a few of the sessions that will be available.



Youth Ministry - Learning About Your Faith and Living it Out!

Chad Jacobsen, Director of Youth Ministry, Shepherd of the Hills, Pewaukee

During this interactive session, Chad and the leadership team from Shepherd of the Hills will share with you how their 6th-8th grade Confirmation Program works. This program involves adult leaders and parents, as the primary influence, who utilize simple yet engaging tools to meet the needs of our youth.


First Amendment, Congregational Marriage Policy and Confessional Lutheranism

Rev. Dr. John Wille, SWD President

While we are guaranteed the rights of free speech and religion on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, those rights are often trampled underfoot by court decisions. We find ourselves in this post-modern, post-Constantinian culture where wrong has become right, where the gross sins formerly scorned by society are now not only accepted but celebrated, and where morality has been replaced by immorality as accepted norm for society. It has been said that we live in an age where everything is permitted and nothing is forgiven. What does this mean for our pastors and our congregations?  This is our time to be uniquely Lutheran, to be clear in our confession, to honor our Christ-centered vocations.

Concordia Plan Services

Maureen Schneider, Benefit Consultant

Maureen will discuss the challenges and opportunities as we walk together in caring for workers and their families. This presentation will discuss both near and long-term modifications and enhancements in the Concordia Plans benefit programs.


Online registration - swd.lcms.org/registration
welcomingWelcoming Children with Special Needs

Welcoming Children with Special Needs: Empowering Christian Special Education through Purpose, Policies, and Procedures
Authors: Julie M. Lane, Ed.D. & Quentin P. Kinnison, Ph.D.


The Christian school community has a unique impetus for impacting the lives of students with special needs. Doctors Lane and Kinnison present this groundbreaking guide for administrators to lay foundational components in order to develop a successful and sustainable special needs program in a Christian school. Kinnison outlines God's purpose for bringing children with special needs into the world. Lane provides step-by-step guidelines for fostering an inclusive and sustainable school environment. This book seeks to support Christian school educators, parents of children with special needs, and disability ministries servants in their quests to transform an under-equipped, private educational institution into the indefatigable arms of Jesus that welcome. This book provides guidance to individuals who have and those who intend to develop a special needs program. Special education professors and researchers will find this text vital for working with pre-service Christian educators who wish to serve children with special needs. Christian schools - especially those that may have attempted and failed, or continue to struggle with developing their programs - will find this text an oasis for frustrated spirits. The past applications of these principles have achieved remarkable success. Now, with this text, leaders and innovators have a succinct, well-ordered guide for expediting their successes. 

Click here for full article

LEAnatlconfLEA Administrators Conference

LEA National Administrators Conference - Registration is OPEN

February 12-14, 2015

Orlando, Florida


Theme:  Stand Together


NOW is the time to register.  The earlybird rate is good through January 23rd, but only those registered before January 1 will be able to take advantage of the special Disney behind-the-scenes experience on Friday morning.  See the information below and register now.

AroundtheDistrictAround the District

Principal position available.

Lebanon Lutheran School, Watertown is seeking a part-time principal, effective January 1, 2015. For more information, please contact Dyan Pasono, Interim Principal.

Please post this in your churches bulletins or where you feel appropriate.

Prayer Request

Please keep Roger Laesch in your prayers as he recovers from hip surgery.

 eventsUpcoming Events
December 25 - Merry Christmas!



January 14-16 - POLS, Christ Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ


January 25 - Teacher of the Year Dinner, Silver Spring Country Club


January 25-31 - National Lutheran Schools Week


January 31 - Passionate Believers Conference, Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Hartland

February 6 - WCRIS Administrators Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Madison


February 6-7 - CLECT Seminar, St. John Lutheran Church, Portage

February 12-14 - LEA National Administrators' Conference, Orlando, Florida

February 13 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School, Greendale 


June 7-9 - District Convention, Concordia University Wisconsin


August 7 - Early Childhood Literacy Festival, CUW


August 14 - New Worker Orientation, District office


August 14 - Firm Foundations


November 6 - Firm Foundations


November 12-13 - NWD/SWD Teachers' Conference, Kalahari Resort, WI Dells



February 12 - Firm Foundations


Click on the link to
register for any of these events.  If the event is not open yet, we will communicate when it will be.

Passionate Believers...Confessing Christ!

Mark L'Heureux
Education Executive

Robin Mueller
Administrative Assistant

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