What do St. Matthew's students, Lakeside Lutheran High School students, Luther Preparatory School students, and Martin Luther College students have in common? They all receive encouragement from the faculty of St. Matthew's toward the full time gospel ministry as pastors, teachers, or staff ministers.
All of our elementary age students are encouraged to consider how they might use their gifts in God's service in their lives, whether in full time ministry or not. As we sometimes say, "The question isn't, 'Will I be a minister?' but rather, 'What kind of minister will I be?'" So, in general terms, we're all ministers and missionaries. This is often referred to as the "universal priesthood of all believers." At St. Matthew's, we want our students (and everyone!) to have this mindset. In addition, as our teachers see obvious gifts in students that could be used in the Lord's church some day, they also share personal one-on-one encouragements with those students, as well as their parents. Jesus, in talking to his disciples about the need for workers to spread the gospel message said, "I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest" (John 4:35). The fields are still ripe, and we still need full time workers in the harvest fields! Our students may be our future WELS workers!