In our work of contemporary transformation across schools, it brings much joy- however, like you all can appreciate, it can also be draining sometimes as change requires much effort and mindset shifting. So how do we all re-energise as we grow and build thriving Lutheran Education Schooling?
It is human nature to look for guidance, models and influential leaders who have gone before us and demonstrated much success. It could be fellow colleagues, or it could be international figures outlined in a myriad of books which overflow our personal and professional libraries.
Changing, growing and influencing hearts and minds is one of our key moral imperatives as educational leaders and it is usually steered by a clear vision and belief which acts as our compass.
We are fortunate in Lutheran Education and our Christian Faith to be guided by the greatest influential being Jesus Christ, who, while on Earth, transformed the lives of many and continues to do so.
Our brother in Lutheran Faith and champion of education, Martin Luther is also a model of a true change agent in how he was steadfast in his convictions for reformation.
So as we continually talk about and attempt to implement the development of the skills and dispositions for a contemporary world, I regularly ponder on the skills, dispositions and traits of Martin Luther.
In general research, Martin Luther had skills, dispositions and traits such as:
- Charisma and Compassion
- Manically Energetic
- Intransigent to the Vision and Values (and welcomed debate)
- Bold, Fearless and Adventurous
- Purposeful and Focussed
- Faithful and Trustworthy
- Humble and dependent on Grace
It’s quite a list to live up to! I am sure that he struggled many times with being at the top of his game with these qualities, but, like us, he had a higher power to pray to and ask for help and guidance. I have heard some Catholic Augustinian Priests of which I was schooled by, say that he is their unofficial Patron Saint and I assume it would be due to unwavering commitment to the mission while utilising such qualities.
So as we continue to celebrate, struggle, tire and energise on the journey of schooling, maybe there is a moment to recognise Martin Luther’s ways, efforts and qualities in transforming and reforming the Church and thus forming our schools.
Let us pray that you continue to be inspired by others to pursue your important service and through the Grace of God that you are re-energised daily.
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isiah 40:31
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