SEED: Spiritual Engagement, Education and Development
Since its founding days, Lutheran Child and Family Services has always placed a high priority on an additional component in the lives of the children: providing spiritual support, and helping the children with their relationship with God.
Today, that component is met in several ways: through weekly Chapel services led by area pastors; by churches which participate in numerous ways with the youth on campus; and, with our Spiritual Advisory group. We are fortunate to have both a part-time pastor, Rev. John Kolb, and a part-time deaconess, Emily Spelde, to help attend to the spiritual needs of our children, staff and visitors.
The weekly Chapel services, while voluntary to our residents, are for many their only worship time during the week, and on a regular basis over 50% of our residents attend.
Our SEED program receives no funding from any government source, and is wholly reliant upon voluntary donations from individuals and congregations. This program is provided oversight by our Spiritual Advisory group, with is comprised of local pastors, lay leaders, and LCFS spiritual care staff.