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Grow Your Faith. Explore Your Calling.

Study at Concordia University, St. Paul and discover the many ways that you can make a difference in your community. CSP is positioned to give you a unique higher education experience that you won’t find anywhere else. We are a small campus in the heart of the bustling Twin Cities. Christian faith is an integral part of who we are, but our campus welcomes students of all backgrounds. There’s no better place than CSP to embrace your beliefs than on a campus that reflects the world around us.

Why should you consider a Church Work program at CSP?

  • Fourth year internship model
  • Urban location
  • Outreach focus
  • Only LCMS university to offer DCO Program
  • Pre-Seminary program allows students to choose any major
  • CSP gives more aid to church work students than any other Concordia, on average

Church Work Programs Offered at CSP

Director of Christian Education

Serving as a Director of Christian Education (DCE) means you’ll work with a pastor on the vision and leadership for 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 CSP, 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.

Director of Christian Outreach

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.

Since outreach work frequently means connecting with people 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, internships and service-learning opportunities that give you the real practice you need to be comfortable and successful as a DCO.

Director of Parish Music

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.

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.

Lutheran Classroom Teacher

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.

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. CSP’s convenient location means you’ll have the opportunity to student teach at urban, suburban or rural private schools, whatever best fits you interests.


Pre-Deaconess students plan to continue their training at seminary as they learn to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through works of mercy, spiritual care, and teaching the Christian faith.

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.


Students in the Pre-Seminary program intend to enter seminary to become pastors after the graduate from CSP.

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.

CSP Scholarships for Students in Church Professions

Church Work Scholarship

Concordia is committed to you because you have chosen to pursue full-time Church Work within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). New CSP Church Work students are guaranteed a minimum $12,000 academic scholarship with the option to apply for the Twelve Disciples full-tuition scholarship.

Please visit the net price calculator to get an estimate of your financial aid package at CSP. Interested students must also submit the District Aid Form and the Congregational Aid Form.

Twelve Disciples Scholarship

CSP offers three full-tuition Twelve Disciples Scholarships to eligible Church Work students each year. Interested students should apply through Scholarship Universe, as well as submit the District Aid Form and Congregational Aid Form.

The priority deadline for the Twelve Disciples Scholarship is March 1, 2020.  Please contact Tom Halligan at with any questions.

Church Work Faculty & Staff

Concordia St. Paul’s church work faculty all have advanced degrees and are some of the nation’s leading experts in urban ministry, Christian education, theology, Christian leadership and more.

Prof. Mark Koschmann

Professor Koschmann is Concordia’s resident expert in urban outreach, missiology, and cross-cultural outreach. He joined Concordia’s faculty in the summer of 2015. In addition to teaching Christian outreach and theology students, Koschmann leads the mentoring program for the Hoffmann Institute in urban and cross-cultural outreach.

Dr. Mark Schuler

Dr. Mark Schuler is a Professor of Theology and Greek at Concordia. He teaches in the areas of Old and New Testament, Biblical Greek, archaeology, and survey courses. Dr. Schuler speaks frequently at conferences and public forums on archaeology, the Hippos excavations, the Galilean world of Jesus, the Gospels, and early Christianity.

Prof. Heath Lewis

Prof. Heath Lewis leads Concordia’s Christian Education programming. He is gifted at breaking down big concepts in to actionable steps, which serves him well in his new role at Concordia.

Dr. Rhoda Schuler

Dr. Rhoda Schuler teaches in the Concordia University Honors Program, in litteris fideque. Her focus is on service to the world and ‘hearing the voices of the marginalized.’

Dr. Michele Pickel

Dr. Michele Pickel has been teaching future educators at Concordia since 1998. Prior to coming to Concordia, she taught in a variety of settings in Wis., Okla, Mont., and Mo., where her husband, Steve, served as DCE.

Dr. Samuel Deressa

Dr. Samuel Deressa began teaching part-time at Concordia in 2016 and joined the faculty full-time in 2018. Previously, he was a member of Faculty of Theology (Gudina Tumsa Chair for Justice), 2008-2011, at the Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Dr. Suzanne Hequet

Dr. Hequet has a passion for Church History, in particular the 16th century Reformation. This period marked the division of the Roman Catholic Church, a topic that Hequet researched in her book, The 1541 Colloquy at Regensburg: In Pursuit of Church Unity (2009).

Dr. David Mennicke

Dr. David L. Mennicke is Professor of Music and Chair of the Concordia University, St. Paul Music Department, where he has been Director of Choral Studies since 1989.

Tom Halligan

Tom Halligan is an alumnus of CSP with a degree in Christian Ministry. He works with incoming church work students as an admissions counselor.

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Average out of pocket tuition paid by Church Work students (2016-17)

“At first I was a little hesitant because Concordia was in the ‘big city’ but now I’m extremely grateful for the prime location. I explored the city’s culture and events and was also able to volunteer at schools ranging from Spanish Immersion to public and private schools – all of these helped me experience diverse and eclectic opportunities.”

Liz Bartels ‘15 Lutheran Classroom Teacher Norwood Young America, MN