The Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) operates schools in order to make available ‘a formal education in which the gospel of Jesus Christ informs all learning and teaching, all human relationships, and all activities in the school’ [LCA and its schools].
As teachers play a vital role in the ministry of the school, the LCA ‘commits itself to the promotion and support of its schools by … providing means and opportunity for the professional theological pre-service and in-service education of teachers’ [LCA and its schools]. Through the accreditation process the LCA formally acknowledges teachers when they have completed its formation, developmental and study requirements.
Pathways is the professional development program for staff new to Lutheran schools required under the new LCA Staffing Policy for Lutheran Schools.
The Pathways program comprises three elements:
This program has a spiritual focus and is required of all staff (including graduates of Australian Lutheran College's Lutheran Strand).
Pathways: theological focus (login access required)
This program has a theological focus and is required of teachers who need to gain accreditation as a teacher (At) or accreditation as a leader (Al).
This program focuses on the Lutheran understanding of vocation and how this related to the role of teachers in Lutheran schools. It is required of teachers who need to gain accreditation as a teacher (At) or accreditation as a leader (Al).