What is service learning?

Service learning in Lutheran schools

This document 'LEA service learning in Lutheran schools' provides a rationale, vision and guiding principles



Service is faith active in love. Service involves the selfless giving and loving of others, making a
difference in their lives by responding to their needs, and acting without expecting recognition or reward. A
Lutheran school challenges students to grow in their understanding that service is not only a personal
response to God’s love but a broader response as part of one’s humanity for the sake of justice for all.
Therefore students in a Lutheran school learn about serving and learn through serving. This concept is known as service learning. [LEA Service learning in Lutheran schools]


Definitions for service learning

PPT from the National Lutheran Principal's Conference 2014 

Jodie Hoff session at National Lutheran Principal's Conference 2014 

ALWS and BMI - Who are they? 

Service learning: a balanced approach to experiential education Andrew Furco

Jodie Hoff and Dr Meg Noack Service learning - building a culture ACLE 2013 workshop handout

Br Damien Price:


What are the benefits of service learning?

There are benefits to both students and the community. These include: making learning more useful, relevant and alive. Interpersonal skills and social awareness is improved and service learning promote active learning.

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Toward a pedagogy of giving Dr Thomas William Nielsen

A curriculum of giving for student wellbeing and achievement - 'how to wear leather sandals on a rough surface' Dr Thomas William Nielsen


Service learning in Lutheran schools

This document provides a rationale, vision and guiding principles

LEA service learning in Lutheran schools


A vision for learners and learning in Lutheran schools

Lifelong qualities for learners

The core values include: love, justice, compassion, forgiveness, service, humility, courage, hope, quality and appreciation


Pastor Norman C Habel challenges Lutheran schools to consider their teaching and action around social justice issues [The Reuther Oration 2005]

Social justice in a Lutheran school context


A principal's perspective

An interview with Ruth Butler, Principal Grace Lutheran College

Hope and love (a world view)

Justice (the head)

Service (action)

Humility (transforming hearts)

The challenge (learning about God)