Concordia offers four church work programs leading to certification for professional service in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. We also offer two pre-seminary programs to prepare students for further study at the graduate level.

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A Director of Christian Education (DCE) nourishes congregations – children, youth, adults and families – with Christian instruction and growth in their faith.

Serving as a DCE means you’ll work with a pastor on the vision and leadership of your congregation’s educational ministry, including Sunday School, Bible classes, Vacation Bible School, outdoor ministry, parish education and more.

When you study to be a DCE at Concordia St. Paul, you’ll major in Christian Ministry with a Lutheran Theology minor and a specialized DCE track. You’ll gain a strong foundation of Lutheran theology as the basis for your teachings, and the educational theory and practice you’ll need in order to reach people.

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Directors of Christian Outreach (DCO) are critical to an outreach-oriented ministry team. They work locally and abroad to spread the Gospel to new members, often crossing cultural boundaries to build relationships. DCOs also work within congregations to support parishioners and the mission of the church. Concordia St. Paul is the only LCMS university to offer a DCO program.

Since outreach work frequently means connecting with people who may look different, talk different, and come from different backgrounds than you, there’s no better place to study than CSP, an urban, multicultural institution. Here, you’ll be immersed in field work, internship and service-learning opportunities that give you the real practice you need to be comfortable and successful as a DCO.

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If you’re musically driven and also want to serve a congregation, the Director of Parish Music (DPM) program is right for you. Direct your church’s music program and provide leadership for choirs, ensembles and soloists while working with your pastor to prepare and lead music for congregational worship services.

Concordia St. Paul’s balance of theory and practice will train you as a musician while also helping you grow into a congregational leader. You’ll study under some of the most experienced faculty in the field – highly awarded musicians and experts in liturgical worship. To become a DPM, you’ll bridge your passion for music with love for the church as a Church Music major and Lutheran theology minor.

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Lutheran Classroom Teachers (LCT) have a passion for integrating faith into teaching. Their vocation helps students reach their potential while preparing for a life of service to the Church and world. Being able to reach kids for spiritual and personal growth is truly a gift.

Concordia’s LCT program makes you eligible for a Minnesota teaching license, meaning you’ll have job opportunities in both public and private schools. You can focus your teaching in a wide variety of areas, from pre-K to high school, arts to science. And CSP’s convenient location means you’ll have the opportunity to student teach at urban, suburban or rural private schools all nearby, whatever best fits your interests.

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Students in the pre-seminary program intend to enter seminary to become pastors after they graduate from CSP. Pastors are God’s servants to His people, preaching, teaching, counseling, and comforting congregants, or serving as chaplains, missionaries, administrators or campus pastors. 

As a pre-seminary student at CSP, you can major in any subject of your choosing and also fulfill coursework that ensures you are prepared to enter seminary. You’ll develop close relationships with our expert faculty, who are pastors, theologians, urban outreach specialists and academics. 

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Pre-deaconess students plan to continue their training at seminary to become servants of Christ. A deaconess serves in a congregation, hospital or other institution in local communities or foreign mission fields to bring human care and mercy to others. 

Being a pre-deaconess student at CSP means you’ll major in any subject of your choosing and complete a Lutheran theology minor. Our staff will work with you to put together a plan of study to prepare you for seminary admissions and give you the tools you need to start your calling.

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