Providing our students with Christ-centered teaching and excellent academics that prepare them for service to God, community, and family.
Heavenly Host Lutheran School (HHLS) was created as a ministry arm of Heavenly Host Lutheran Church in August of 1993. Beginning with a single preschool class, HHLS continued to grow and flourish as a busy early childhood center, adding classrooms and staff as the school grew. The school soon expanded to include children in grades K-8 in addition to the preschool classes. Today, we offer services to hundreds of students and families from across the Cookeville, Tennessee region. We continue to exhibit our dedication by offering quality, Christ-centered education to our students through sound educational practices. Our teachers work to instruct students both academically and spiritually, so that the foundations and morals of Christian ethics can be exhibited to all who decide to be a part of the HHLS family. It has been our privilege to serve our Father in Heaven through this ministry. We are happy that God has continued to bless our school and we look forward to serving many more families in the future.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, which reveals the Triune God and His will and purpose for all people; that God the Father has created each of us, the world, and all creatures. Each individual has been created in God’s image, but now struggles to live in a world deeply stained by sin. God has redeemed us from our sinful state through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. We are saved by God’s grace, through faith, a gift given to us by the Holy Spirit through God’s Word, at our Baptism, and in Holy Communion. The faith produces thoughts, words, and actions in our lives that glorify God and benefit the whole of creation. As we realize what God has done for us, we are moved to worship Him, share God’s Good News with others, and reach out in love and service to the people of our community and the world.
We believe that God has entrusted to parents the responsibility of bringing up a child in “the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). The church seeks to assist parents by the establishment of programs of Christian Education. This education is a vital aspect of God’s mission as He indicates in the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Christian education focuses on instruction in God’s Word in order that each child may have saving faith established and firmly rooted in Jesus Christ. And we pray that this faith might exhibit itself in a life lived by the power of the Holy Spirit until such time as that child of God is given the crown of life in heaven. This Word of God helps people as they relate to God, to themselves, to the human community, and to the natural environment. The people of the school community are valued as an important part of the larger community and of the entire body of Christ.
We believe that the Christian school is an effective means of fulfilling God’s direction in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Christian teachers, who are trained in Lutheran theology, as well as the field of education, have the opportunity to provide quality learning experiences that integrate all areas of learning within the framework of Christian faith. Each child is uniquely gifted by God and must be provided with appropriate support and challenges in order to experience spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and social learning. Educators seek to utilize effective, up-to-date strategies and materials to strive for excellence in the lessons and environment provided.
Everyone on the staff of a Lutheran school serves as a model for Christian living. Adults and children are encouraged to use their God-given abilities to strive for maximum personal growth in all undertakings. The dynamic interplay of the Law and Gospel is apparent as the school community goes about its daily activities - working, playing, praying and worshiping together, witnessing, and serving others in love.