Called to be a DCE

Mar 2nd, 2020 |

Sixty years is a milestone truly worth celebrating. DCE ministry has come a long way since its early days. Yet, there remain for some of us certain unanswered questions. One of these questions has been the source of much personal contemplation as well as struggle. A benefit of academic life is occasionally having the opportunity […]



Servant Leadership and Leading Volunteers in Ministry

Mar 2nd, 2020 |

A DCE Perspective Leadership is not only about influence, but also about the relationships that exist between the leader and the led (Northouse, 2010). In the church, the model of ministry leadership and followership is exemplified in the gospel narratives about Jesus and His disciples and Jesus, the Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53:1-9). Jesus’ model of […]



Sixty Years of Ministry by Directors of Christian Education (DCEs) of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS)

Mar 2nd, 2020 |

A Very Abbreviated History This history of DCE ministry provides yet another opportunity to learn of God’s grace and mercy in the life of ordinary individuals pursuing a compelling calling. Hebrews 11 and 12 capture the spirit of this history: it is one long series of enduring and not losing heart. It is “faith in […]



From Where I Sit, Too

Mar 2nd, 2020 |

Celebrating DCE Ministry It’s been a great year of celebration for DCE ministry as we recognized the 60 years that God has blessed this profession in His church. We celebrated well at the National DCE Conference in January in San Diego, and Concordia University Chicago celebrated in October with a special chapel service and reception […]



Here I Sit

Mar 2nd, 2020 |

Faith Formation and Spirituality in Our Congregations Welcome to Lutheran Education Journal, Volume 156! What a joy it is to celebrate the continuing publication of this historic journal, and at the same time celebrate the sixty years of ministry preparation for the Directors of Christian Education in our church body. It began right here, folks! […]



The Last Word

Nov 5th, 2019 |

Be Opened Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” – Mark 7:34 NKJV The story never gets old to me–a group of friends bring one of their own, a man who cannot hear or speak, to Jesus. Our Lord touches his tongue and his ears and […]



Words for Thought

Nov 5th, 2019 |

We Skip the Easy Stuff In my years supervising teachers as an administrator, and now as I am working with pre-service teacher candidates, I have noticed a common thread. We tend to skip the easy stuff. In an effort to get to the meat of a lesson, we skip one of the most necessary steps […]



Ministry in the Classroom

Nov 5th, 2019 |

It might be just me. It usually is. You see I am continually caught off guard by folks being so enthusiastic about a presentation on diversity in the classroom. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not caught off guard because I don’t think it’s important. I do. I lead one or two courses on teaching in […]



Book Review

Nov 5th, 2019 |

The reform of education has reached new levels of resolve and accountability, and the constant demand to meet those measurements of success continue to add confusion and anxiety to educators struggling to meet the requirements of a limited and archaic mandated curriculum. Educational bureaucrats across the nation have created standardized curriculums intended to provide a […]



Community Engagement for Families with Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Nov 5th, 2019 |

The Every Family Program The number of children diagnosed with autism has increased substantially. Educators need to understand how to meet the individual learning needs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the school, home, and in the community. In order to better address their complex communication, social, and learning needs, school, family, and […]