Worship and Spiritual Growth
In the Middle School we have a set Worship time every day, with each day having a different format.
This gives the students variety in how they Worship and offers new experiences within different groups. Having students lead Worship is an important aspect of our program and gives them ownership of its format and content. An important aspect each day is singing contemporary Worship songs from a wide range of artists.
Occasionally we have the advantage of welcoming special guests to our Worship. This may include members of the Gideons’ Society, visiting Pastors and lay preachers or musical groups such as ‘endlesspraise’.
Whatever the format, Worship at the Faith Middle School is a positive and enriching experience.
Pastor Brenton Altmann's 2016 Faith Focus Report
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.(John 13:14-15 NIV)
2016 has been a year of growth, movement, changes and challenges at Faith as God’s love is brought to life in our College. With the announcement very early in the year that our Principal of 15 years, Mr Anthony Mueller, was leaving at the end of this year, 2016 has been a year in which a great deal of thinking, discussion and consideration has been focused around leadership.
Leading the Way
The Lutheran Church and Lutheran Education Australia understand the significance of leadership in our Lutheran schools and recognise and acknowledge that there are Key roles and Key relationships that contribute to effective and successful leadership that reflects and upholds Christian values. The role of the Principal is certainly recognised as one that is central in shaping and influencing the tone, operation and ethos of the school. The Lutheran Church of Australia has also designated the Principal as the spiritual head of the school, recognising that the Principal can often be the first point of contact that people have with the Lutheran Church.
Other Key roles are that of the Chair of College Council, the College Pastor and the Parish Pastor if the school is connected with a congregation. The relationships that develop between the Principal and other key roles are central to the well-being and welfare of students and staff and the overall operation of the College.
Term 2 this year saw a unique opportunity for our Head of Junior School Mrs Eloise Beveridge to take on the role and responsibilities as Acting Principal while Mr Mueller enjoyed a term’s Leave. Mrs B demonstrated that she has a wonderful gift for leadership, particularly in the face of some enormous challenges. We thank her for leading us through a very hectic, demanding and long term (11 weeks).
In a year that has seen an unprecedented number of leadership changes to Lutheran Schools in Queensland, 6 Lutheran Colleges will begin 2017 with a new Principal. (Faith, Redlands; St Peter’s Indooroopilly; St Andrews, Tallebudgera; Redeemer, Rochedale; Grace Lutheran College, Clontarf; and St James, Hervey Bay).
In an endeavour to support the growing demands of leadership in Lutheran Schools, Lutheran Education Australia last year presented a Framework for leadership in Lutheran Schools entitled ‘Growing Deep’. Growing Deep provides a common language and understanding with regard to leadership, recognising that achieving and maintaining effectiveness in education and ministry involves all staff in our schools, not just the key leaders. ‘Growing Deep’ also provides a wealth of very practical strategies and measures for growing and supporting the variety of God given gifts that all staff bring to a school.
Giving ThanksWe give thanks to God for equipping our College with dedicated caring and professional staff who faithfully endeavour to live out the Gospel through their conversations and interactions with students, families and each other.
And so we wait with anticipation as we look forward to our new Principal, Mr Shane Altmann, taking on the critical responsibilities of Leadership at Faith. We thank Mr Mueller for his remarkable efforts in establishing our Middle and Senior School campus at Beveridge Road and we wish him and his family God’s richest Blessings as he is led into new endeavours along life’s journey. May our gracious God continue to equip us with the strength, encouragement, people and means to continue serving him at Faith.
Pastor Brenton Altmann