Concordia College-St John's Campus and St John's Lutheran Church has a rich and longstanding history together, beginning with St John's Lutheran Church building and establishing St John's Lutheran School which opened it's doors to 19 students on the 12th of February 1952.
On 1 January 2016, Concordia College and St John’s Lutheran School, which were historically two separate schools, joined together as one school adopting the names Concordia College-Concordia Campus and Concordia College-St John's Campus.
The Concordia College-St John's Campus and St John's Lutheran Church still walk a close path together with Pastor Andrew Brook spending time with the staff and students.
He meets regularly as support for Concordia-St John’s Campus principal, and is a member of the Spiritual Life Team.
He offers pastoral care and conducts pastoral rites as needed. The Lead Pastor is also a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Concordia College Board and attends the regular Board meeting, as well as Concordia Campus Spiritual Life Committee.
This connection has further been strengthened by the appointment of a shared Spiritual Life Coordinator, Paula Meyer, who aids further collaboration and partnership between Church and School.
Students from Concordia College-St John's Campus lead a School Service once a term, at the 10.00am Service at Concordia College Chapel.
St John's Lutheran Church is a part of the Lutheran Church of Australia.
In the words of the classic Lutheran summary of faith, the Lutheran Church of Australia believe that we are saved 'by grace, for Christ's sake, through faith'. In other words, there is nothing we can do to earn God's favour or to gain eternal life. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ has won all this and more for us. We also believe that only the Bible is the source of inspiration and teaching.
LOVE COMES TO LIFE when we treat each other with courtesy and respect, and when the way we behave towards each other reflects the way God loves us.
Demonstrating God’s love for us, by the way we behave towards one another, is central to life in our church. It is important that we clearly articulate the standard of behaviour we expect from one another, not using vague language, but in useful practical terms. The LCA has adopted [Standards of Ethical Behaviour](https://www.lca.org.au/departments/ministry-support/professional-standards/standards-ethical-behaviour/) that express in simple and clear language how we can demonstrate and declare God's love to one another by how we conduct ourselves in our:
- personal behaviour
- pastoral care
- caring for children
- financial and administrative matters.
The Professional Standards Department (PSD) assists congregations and other bodies to promote high standards of ethical behaviour and care for all, and especially for children and others in vulnerable circumstance, by providing a comprehensive training program.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
- 2 Corinthians 9:7
- REG is a convenient, safe and confidential way of giving a regular offering to your congregation.
- Your REG offering can come from your bank, credit union or LLL account.
- You can set up REG to coincide with your regular income (eg salary, pension, dividends) or budget: weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or even half-early.
- REG keeps things confidential. Your congregation doesn't receive any information regarding your identity or the amount of your offering.
How REG benefits you
- No need to remember to bring cash to church.
- If you are away from church, your offering is still made.
- You can apply 'first fruits' principles.
How REG benefits your congregation
- It provides a regular income or cash flow, making budgeting easier.
- It can increase giving through the convenience of direct debits.
- It is safer because there is less cash to handle and bank each week.