Hoffmann Mentoring Initiative

The Hoffmann Mentoring Initiative connects Concordia students, who are not pursuing full time service in the Church, with Christian service organizations where the students can integrate their Christian faith into their chosen vocation.

The Hoffmann Mentoring Initiative is a response to the changing needs and desires of Concordia students, the LCMS church body, and the wider community. The Oswald  Hoffmann School of Christian Outreach (OHSCO) was founded at Concordia in 1984 with the mission of preparing students for professional outreach ministries, and to encourage and develop an active consciousness within the campus community. It became the Hoffmann Institute in 2010 with an increased emphasis in international outreach.  Today, it’s focus is on urban, cross-cultural ministry in Minneapolis-St. Paul and other cities across the U.S. through the Hoffmann Mentoring Initiative.

Please contact Prof. Mark Koschmann for more information at koschmann@csp.edu.

In the mission field, we need to respond to the changing culture.  That’s precisely what we are doing with the Hoffmann Mentoring Initiative.  We’re responding to the changing needs of our students to provide mentoring and service learning experiences for Christian men and women desiring to make an impact in the city.

-Rev. Mark Koschmann, Director of Hoffmann Mentoring Initiative

Faith, Vocation, and Justice in the City

This is a special two-semester course offering for the 2016-2017 academic year that will fulfill your two required theology courses for general education. In this course, you will:

  • Learn and serve in Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Have one-on-one mentoring at a service learning site of your choosing
  • Participate in a small, seminar-style class experience
  • Learn from Christian Scriptures and the writings of St. Augustine, Martin Luther, C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., and several other influential Christians

This special course offering is taught by Professor Mark Koschmann. Students enrolled in the program will receive 4 credits in the fall and 4 credits in the spring to meet the general education requirement for theology. The fall class meets 3 days per week. The spring class meets one evening per week, plus 3 hours of weekly volunteer service in the city.

For more information or to enroll in the course, contact Prof. Koschmann at koschmann@csp.edu.