Our Mission -

 

Mission Lutheran School educates, equips, and prepares the whole child using God’s Word, solid academic curriculum and relevant experiences for the purpose of continuing education and Christian life.

Our Vision -

 

Mission Lutheran School strives to educate the whole child using God’s Word, solid academic curriculum, and practical, relevant experiences. In order to accomplish this task, we partner with families and the church congregation to provide the best supportive, loving, nurturing environment possible. We seek to meet students at their present spiritual, academic, social, and physical level and help prepare and equip them for their next level of education and life.

 

As a school community, we are daily learning, living, and growing in Christ.

 

Our Philosophy -

 

Mission Lutheran School began with a vision to educate children and support families in the Las Cruces community by providing a uniquely Lutheran education experience. We remain rooted in God’s Word, faithful to Lutheran doctrine in culture and practice. As such, we believe God lovingly created each person to be unique and treasured in His eyes. However, sin has separated us from God. Therefore, God sent his son, Jesus, to be our Savior, the final sacrifice for our sins.

 

While on earth, Jesus was uniquely God and man.  As a man, Jesus’ own childhood exemplified how children are to grow and develop.  “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and men.”  Luke 2:52. Mission Lutheran School patterns its educational and development areas for children after those of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Consequently, the classroom activities, materials and staff work together to provide opportunities for educational (wisdom), physical (stature), spiritual (favor with God), and social/emotional (favor with men) development throughout the day.

 

Mission Lutheran School believes parents are to be the first and primary teachers of their children.  We view ourselves as an educational institution which provides aid, support, and encouragement to families as they raise their children in a manner pleasing to God.  We actively encourage partnership with families and the church congregation to best provide a productive, appropriate and nurturing learning environment and experiences for our students. We value a learning community that is Christ-centered, quality-driven, student-focused, and family-friendly.   

      

 

Mission Lutheran School was created by and is supported by Mission Lutheran Church. We seek to serve the families in our congregations as well as others in the Las Cruces community. We invite families looking for a church home to attend our worship services and Sunday school. If you have questions regarding Mission Lutheran Church, we encourage you to visit with our pastor at any time.

 

What We Believe -

 

Since Mission Lutheran School is an extension of the ministry of Mission Lutheran Church, the Christian Faith statement for the church and the school are the same.

 

Lutherans believe:

 

That there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God is the Creator of the universe with all of its grandeur and beauty, and He sustains it with His almighty power.  He also created our first parents, Adam and Eve, in His own image that they might live in fellowship with Him and be His instruments.  Matt 3:17; Gen 1:1; PS 33:6,9; Heb 11:3.

 

That Adam and Eve, whom God created, doubted and rebelled against Him.  They sinned and their natures became evil.  Now every human being is born with sin, a  self-centered nature and a tendency for evil that violates God’s will and desire. Attempts to change human nature or to please God with our own good are doomed to failure.  People need forgiveness and new life, and God provides it through grace.  Psalm 14:3; Eccl 7:20; 1 John 1:8.

 

That God,  out of pure love, gives people forgiveness of sins and thus reconciles them to Himself.  He does this even though He is a just God who punishes sin because His own Son, Jesus Christ, took punishment for all sin for all people upon Himself when He died on the cross of Calvary.  God raised Him from the dead on Easter and thus demonstrated to the world that the sacrifice of Jesus has been accepted and human’s sin paid for.  Jesus has ascended to the right hand of the Father and will return again in power and glory.  John 3:16; Rom 10:4; Col 1:13-14; John 1:9.

 

That people receive forgiveness of sins and salvation through faith. Faith is the hand which accepts God’s free gift.  Faith is created by the Holy Spirit through the means of the Gospel message, which tells of God’s love demonstrated in Jesus Christ. Infant baptism is the means by which a child is given a new life and received into God’s kingdom.  1 Cor 2:14; 1 Cor 6:11; Eph 2:8-9; 1 Cor 12:3.

 

That the Bible is the source of knowledge about God and His forgiveness and is also the way in which He speaks to us today.  The Bible was written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and so is true and without error.  2 Peter 1:21; 2 Tim 3:16-17.

 

That the church is the fellowship of all those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.  The Lutheran Church receives its name from  Martin Luther who “reformed” the church with the basic principles of faith alone, grace alone, and Scripture alone. 

 

The purpose of the church is to nurture faith through the Word and Sacraments and to share the love of God through Word and deed with the whole world in order to make other people disciples of Jesus Christ.  We believe we are  empowered to carry out God’s will through the indwelling and gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Acts 2:42; 1 Cor 1:10; John 14:26.

 

That God has given two Sacraments to build His church: Baptism, to create faith; and Holy Communion (also called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist), to nurture faith.  In Holy Communion, Jesus Christ gives the communicant His body “in, with, and under” the bread and wine.  Matt 28:19-20;  Acts 2:38-39; 1 Cor 11:23-24.

 

That the fellowship which God establishes with His believers on earth will continue after this life as believers live with Him in heaven for all eternity. 1 Cor 15:42-43; Phil 3:21; Heb 9:27-28.

 

Our Goals -

 

Based on Luke 2:52, our goal is to develop the education, growth, and development of children in the following areas:

spiritual, intellectual, physical, social/emotional. The staff at Mission Lutheran School uses a carefully planned environment and

schedule which allows for independent choices by the children, direct instruction and guidance from teachers, and a challenging academic curriculum to accomplish this goal. Specifically. . .

 

  • The children may know, through God’s Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that Jesus loves and forgives them and that He is their Savior.

 

  • The children will develop intellectually in all academic areas at age-appropriate levels.

 

  • The children will develop socially/emotionally such that they can participate well in various social groups and feel secure about themselves and their abilities.

 

  • The children will develop physically in both the large and small motor areas at age-appropriate levels.

 

Our Pledge to You -

 

We pledge to provide, to the best of our ability:

 

  • A staff which loves, values, and forgives your child just as God loves, values, and forgives us.

 

  • A classroom environment which encourages learning, independence, and exploration.

 

  • A program which strives for excellence: Preschool maintaining 2-star licensure with the state and the elementary grades maintaining accreditation with the National Lutheran Schools Association.