Education and Training
In this section, you'll discover the importance Lutherans place on education and training. The number of Lutheran schools is disproportionately high compared with the size of our church in Australia and New Zealand. In fact, many people come into contact with the Lutheran Church for the first time by their association with a Lutheran school or early-childhood service.
Martin Luther, the founder of the worldwide Lutheran Church, once said, 'When the schools flourish, all flourishes'. He was a great believer in the value of education and he insisted that even peasants could improve their life if they were given even a basic education. Breaking with the culture of his day, he translated the Bible into German, the language of the people, so that they could read it for themselves and would not have to rely on the priests to interpret it.
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Lutheran schools and early childhood centres
Given Luther's strong emphasis on education, after the Reformation it wasn't surprising to see Lutheran churches and schools growing up alongside each other, and this tradition was continued when German settlers arrived in Australia in the 1800s.
Australian Lutheran College
Our strong tradition of education has flowed over also into our tertiary training institution, Australian Lutheran College (ALC), which is seen as a leader in theological education among Lutherans in Southeast Asia. Our college provides training for pastors, lay workers, teachers and anyone wanting to grow in Christian knowledge and faith.
Church Worker Support department
Our Church Worker Support department supports church workers and congregation leaders and members. The team can provide advice about continuing education options to better equip all church workers (including volunteers) to better serve their communities.
More information: Visit our Church Worker Support page.