School Resources

Background Checks

AAIM Employers’ Association

AAIMCheck offers high quality, comprehensive and fully compliant employment and volunteer background screening services to help churches, schools and faith-based organizations reduce hiring risk.

We are not just a vendor. We are your partner. LCMS affiliates are eligible for significantly reduced background screening services and on-going risk mitigation services through the Group Purchasing Agreement.

Contact: Julie Kappen, account executive
Phone: 314-754-0201
Fax: 314-775-0000
Webinar: “Being Smart With Your Background Checks” by AAIM — Register to watch

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.

Bullying Prevention

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website

Call Committees - Questions call committees can ask references on a CMIF

Call Documents

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?

Chapel Talks

Chapel Talks can be found on

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. Your CMIF will need to be updated before access can be given.


The Concordia online Colloquy Program provides the education needed to be eligible for a Call in The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The Colloquy program prepares the Lutheran school teacher to carry the Lord’s name and His teachings with faithfulness to the children and their families.

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.

Emergency management

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.

Governing Board Resource for Lutheran Schools

A resource for Lutheran school administrators and boards.

Green Schools

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.

LuthEd Website

luthed-logoThe LuthEd is a resource for educators. Information about Lutheran Schools, Church Worker Update, CMIF, NLSA, LSCS and more can be found by clicking below.

Mandated Reporters

National Lutheran School Accreditation

Click Here for more information:

  • Application
  • Cumulative Annual Report
  • Face Sheet
  • Administrator’s Manual
  • EBA Self-Study Process



National Lutheran Schools Week

National Lutheran Schools Week
January 26-February 1, 2020




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.

School laws

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.

WCRIS Legal Handbook

Student services/prevention & wellness

School crisis preparedness/safe schools series webcasts.

Treasurers Manual

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

Our Mission
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.

More information about WCRIS