Our Purpose and Goals
Our purpose is to assist parents with the Christian education of their children. This involves applying God’s inspired and inerrant Word throughout the school day. Children need to be trained in the way they should go, namely, in the Lord’s way. Therefore, children need the correction, guidance, discipline, and security, which only God’s Word can give. At Immanuel, our goal is to help children grow in the knowledge and love of our Savior from sin and become useful citizens.
In order to serve the Lord with their abilities and talents, we teach the students at Immanuel that they have good reason to learn of God’s orderly creation (mathematical, biological, and physical sciences) and of God’s continual work in the affairs of the world around us (social sciences). What better reason for learning to communicate well (language arts) than to share God’s Word of peace and promise with others? Our chief goal in education is, with the help of God, to strengthen the child in his faith, to increase his knowledge of God’s word offered in the inspired Scriptures, and to enable him to strive out of gratitude to live his life according to God’s will. For this reason, the teaching of the Word of God is all-important, for it makes us wise unto salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
From a child “you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15). Our Christian teachers will diligently try to help the pupil realize that the exercise of his religion consists not in mere recitation of doctrinal statements or the accumulation of Biblical facts, but more importantly, in the conscious striving towards a thankful imitation of his Savior in real-life situations. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22). For this reason the entire curriculum is always related to Christ and the scriptures. Christ’s ambition was to do the will of His Father. This is the goal of the Christian school, to produce a child who wants to please his heavenly Father at all times by drawing on the strength that is his through Christ. Religion is not simply one of many subjects, but it is basic to our philosophy of education.
“The fear (awe) of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” (Proverbs 1:7)
Home, Church, and School – A Combined Effort
Immanuel Lutheran School is not merely a private school. We consider our Christian education to be the most complete education available, dealing with all aspects of the individual — soul, mind, and body. The school cannot take the place of the home, but it can assist parents in their God-given duty of “training” their child “in the way he should go.” We are convinced that the home must uphold and reinforce the work of the school. The primary responsibility for the child still rests with the parents. We ask you to take an active part in the education of your child. We expect full support of the parents in helping their children attend church regularly. We seek to instill in our children love “for preaching and His Word,” and expect parents to demonstrate this love in their own family. We appreciate and encourage parents’ interest and inquiries regarding their child.
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)