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Event Information

Renew, Reconnect, Restore at the FLGA District Educators Conference!

Join us for professional development, fellowship, and celebration at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort on September 21-23, 2022. Keynote speaker Brenda Jank and her team from Run Hard, Rest Well will help us explore the conference theme based on 1 Peter 5:10b, “The God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

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Lutheran School Music Festival

The 2023 festival will take place on February 24 at St. Paul in Lakeland, FL. 

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“Take Heart!” Renewed to Be a Blessing

A Retreat for All Teachers & Commissioned Ministers — Presented by DOXOLOGY and the LCMS Office of National Mission
October 7 – 9, 2022 • Christian Retreat Conference Center – Bradenton, FL

The “Take Heart!” respite retreats invite all teachers and church workers to step away for a few days. The retreat will provide rest and renewal for all dedicated teachers and commissioned ministers who have served faithfully throughout and beyond COVID challenges. The goal is to serve the servants and have them return to their schools and parishes refreshed for the work God has given them to do.
 
The LCMS Office of National Mission fully funds these retreats; there is no cost for participants to attend!
 

School Services & Programs

Barnabas Son of Encouragement Award – Next Award will be at Educators Conference in 2022
By God’s grace, Pastors who are strong partners in their congregation’s school ministry make a profound impact on what the school ministry team is able to accomplish. In 2015, Educators in the FG District established the “Barnabas, Son of Encouragement Award” to honor pastors for their support and partnership in the Gospel through school ministries.  

Who was Barnabas?
The Book of Acts presents Barnabas as an evangelizing apostle and church leader who was a model of integrity and character. He is called a “good man,” a “prophet and teacher,” an “apostle,” and “one who through God worked miracles.” Acts recount the times he faced persecution and risked his life for the name of Jesus. Barnabas believed that Saul had truly been converted when others expressed doubt and disbelief. He saw great potential in young John Mark and was a champion for both he and Saul at different times. 1 Corinthians affirms his character by noting he worked while serving congregations to avoid burdening them. The apostles nicknamed him “Barnabas – Son of Encouragement.”

To nominate a pastor for this award, complete the following form. 

Download Nomination Form 

Dr. Ben Eggers Outstanding Educator Award

In 1986 our District Administrators Association began recognizing a “Teacher of the Year” at its annual Educator’s Conference each Fall. Dr. Ben Eggers served as the FL/GA District Parish Services Executive from 1979-1986 after serving as the youth ministry director for the LCMS. This position served all the schools in the district as well as the congregations. Ben (Gentle Ben) was a robust man, passionate about his love for the Lord and a love for the Lord’s people. He was a visionary who appreciated the ministry of every teacher, administrator, and support staff member in our schools. He had high expectations of those in ministry and loved having a good time. Ben knew how to enjoy a party. He was one of those rare individuals who just seemed to have it all together. He could recall the name of every person he had ever met. But Ben didn’t just remember names; he remembered people, and there is a difference. Ben was an advocate for our schools and a true encourager of our educators in their ministry. On May 21, 1993, Ben died very suddenly after delivering a keynote address at the Walther League Convention.

In the Fall of 1993, the Administrators Association renamed the “Teacher of the Year” award the “Dr. Ben Eggers Outstanding Educator” award. Ben’s wife Lillian presented the first award at the 1993 Educators Conference at the Walther League Convention. In the Fall of 1993, the FG District Administrators Association renamed the “FG District Teacher of the Year Award” the “Dr. Ben Eggers Outstanding Lutheran School Educator Award.” Dr. Egger’s wife, Lillian, presented the first award at the 1993 District Educators Conference. To date, over fifty educators have been honored with the award.

 
To nominate an educator:
Educators and administrators who have completed 10 years of service in LCMS school ministry, including a minimum of 5 years in the FLGA District, may be nominated. Nominees should exemplify Christian leadership and service to their school, church, and community. Submit the nomination form and supporting documents to Cindy Hammerstrom by August 31 for consideration.
 

Each year for the last 30+ years, early childhood centers and K-12 schools in the Florida-Georgia District have partnered in supporting a special project we call, “Hearts for Jesus.”  Simply stated, the 60+ Lutheran school ministries in Florida and Georgia, designate the chapel offerings for the month of February (or whatever month you choose), to support a ministry somewhere beyond our borders.

Learn more about the 2022 project here. 

The purpose of Lutheran School Consulting Services (LSCS) is to strengthen and revitalize Lutheran schools so God’s children are well served and His kingdom expanded.  LSCS focuses on the school and its ministry.  As schools are strengthened, so are congregations and their ministries.

For more information, download a brochure.

Download an LSCS application.

Master In-service Program for Florida Schools and Teacher Certification

The Master Inservice Program (MIP) is the only portal for teacher certification in the state of Florida.  Schools in the state of Florida must register annually for MIP. 

Through a partnership with SchoolMission and ACSI, teachers and administrators receive inservice points toward recertification by attending conferences, workshops, school in-service sessions, classes, or seminars.  

Schools access MIP at SchoolMission.  Dr. Barry Morris is the manager for this program. He is highly trained, extremely knowledgeable, and available to answer questions.  Contact Dr. Morris at support@schoolmission.net or 601-467-2631. 

Annual Registration for Participation

Each year schools must register and pay the annual fee for the program, which runs from July 1-June 30th

 2022 MIP Registration for FLGA District schools

2022 MIP Registration for other Lutheran schools

            • Registration and payment are due in the District office by June 20th.

            • Email your registration to cindy@flgadistrict.org

            • Pay online at FLGA payments

Florida Educator Certification Steps

Information for first-time Florida certification can be found on the FDOE website.

Applicants must be fingerprinted through a Livescan vendor and submit the results to the FDOE.  See Fingerprint Processing Instructions for additional directions.

Renewal Requirements

Teaching certificates must be renewed every five years.  Renewal requirements include:

              • Six hours of college credit or its equivalent of 120 inservice credit points

              • 20 of the 120 points must be in the Students with Disabilities category

              • 60 of the 120 points must be in the field of certification

              • 40 of the 120 points must be in reading if your certificate covers PreK-6 or if your certificate is in Reading or English
                 for grades 5-12 (See Reading Renewal Requirements for more details)

              • Complete details for renewal being on page 5 of the MIP Manual

Inservice Points

Inservice points must correspond to an approved MIP component for a teacher to receive credit toward recertification.  Points are recorded within MIP using a component number provided here:  Master Inservice Plan Component List

A Professional Learning Catalog provides links for inservice in many categories, including Students With Disabilities and Reading.  It is not a comprehensive list, simply a starting place if you are looking for approved professional development options.

Have questions? Need answers? Please contact:

Jennifer Tanner

Director of Schools & Youth

Cindy Hammerstrom

Assistant to Jennifer Tanner