Protect My Ministry can help you reduce risk by filling the gaps in your risk management strategy. With thousands of ministries served across all fifty states we are committed to helping faith-based organizations maintain a safe environment, so they can focus on fulfilling their mission.
Building Security - School Safety
Keeping our building secure is more than just locking the doors during the school day. This website is a good place to look for ideas in all areas around our buildings.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website
Call Committees - Questions call committees can ask references on a CMIF
Call documents for ordained and commissioned ministers are now located at the following website:
If you are issuing a call, please make sure you have downloaded the most current document. Contact either Karen, 414-292-0743, (ordained) or Robin, 414-292-0741 (commissioned) at the District office for the username and password.
Candidate Request Form - Concordia University System
Congregations and schools may use this form to request commissioned minister candidates (teachers, DCE, DCO, director of family life ministry, director of parish music, deaconess, lay ministers) from one or multiple Concordias.
Chapel Offering Opportunties
Chapel offering projects – are you looking for chapel offering ideas?
2016/2017 Chapel Talks – Upon This Rock is based on Luther’s Small Catechism.
Download the PDF for Free (Open the “Chapel Talks” Section on the Page)
Critical Incident Stress Management – The South Wisconsin CISM team consists of clergy, educators, and mental health professionals and peer support individuals drawn from congregations, schools, and agencies of our District. Team members receive ongoing education and special training in CISM and related areas. Some of them are also affiliated with local teams. More info
CMIF Search Access Form
For principals/administrators who are interested in searching the LuthEd system for teachers.
Constitution and Bylaws Guidelines
Congregations cannot become members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod until their constitutions and bylaws have been approved by a constitution committee of a District of Synod. Any constitution or bylaw amendments must also have that approval before becoming operative. Click below for the sample.
District Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws
South Wisconsin District bylaws updated 8/1/12.
You may need help with emergencies – police, fire, tornado, floods, etc. Every school should have a good working relationship with their local emergency providers. This state agency can help all of our schools in time of need.
Green and healthy schools will be part of all of our futures. Schools will be, if they are not already, trying to become “Green Schools.” This website has ideas for helping with this.
Group Purchasing Agreement and Premium Services
LSSES - Lutheran Special School and Education Services
Centered in Christ, Lutheran Special School & Education Services prepares students with unique learning challenges to maximize their God given spiritual, academic, emotional and social potential.
- Child information gateway see page 57-58 for Wisconsin
Ministry Technology Mentor Project – a program for Lutheran educators. The MTM Project is here to provide principals and teachers in Lutheran schools more affordable, more accessible, and more practical training on how to correctly use technology as an educational tool in their classrooms and in their schools
- MTM – visit the MTM website for more information on scholarships, courses, etc.
National Lutheran Schools Week
PDP - QEI
Professional Development Plan (PDP)
Teachers, administrators, and pupil service professionals who completed an educator preparation program on or after September 1, 2004, renew their licenses under the PI 34 rules by completing a verified Professional Development Plan (PDP). The Professional Development Plan (PDP) is a process for the renewal of an educator’s license based on planned professional growth and evidence of the impact of that growth on student learning.
For more information, visit the DPI website.
Reduction in Force (RIF)
The following guidelines are intended to provide general recommendations for preparing a Reduction in Force (RIF) procedure. They are not to be regarded as either authoritative or prescriptive. Guidelines allow for local discretion on the part of administrators and governing bodies. Developing an RIF procedure Appendix A Appendix B
Request for Slate of Candidates
The following form should be completed by principals/administrators when they are seeking to fill a vacancy.
Salary Guidelines/Suggested Schedule
Compensation guidelines designed to encourage fair compensation within the pastoral, teaching and related ministries. Includes daycare/preschool workers.
WCRIS – Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools – provides a free legal handbook to every member school.
WCRIS supports the unique missions of member schools through advocacy, education and partnerships,
to ensure an extraordinary education and equitable opportunity for each child.
Student services/prevention & wellness
School crisis preparedness/safe schools series webcasts.
Tuition Tax Deduction
Thanks to advocacy by WCRIS, state law allows Wisconsin parents to deduct private school tuition on their taxes.
WCRIS - Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools
WCRIS supports the unique missions of member schools through advocacy, education and partnerships, to ensure an extraordinary education and equitable opportunity for each child.
Who We Are
WCRIS is a non-profit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) membership association representing more than 100,000 K-12 students in 600 Catholic, Lutheran, Christian, Seventh Day Adventist, and independent schools across Wisconsin.
What We Do
- Defend the parents’ right to select the best education for their child and a school’s right to pursue the unique mission of its individual charter.
- Promote the understanding of private school issues, support student rights, and represent the special concerns of our teachers in areas of licensure and professional development.
- Advocate for our schools’ participation in government programs and secures equitable access to available public resources, when applicable.
- Host an annual Leadership Conference for private school administrators.
- Our staff includes a registered lobbyist exclusively for WCRIS. In addition to promoting issues such as school choice, tuition tax credits, and equitable busing services, we defend WCRIS schools’ independence against burdensome regulations and new government mandates.