Bachelor of Arts inChristian Ministry

Majoring in Christian Ministry involves studying Christian beliefs, teachings, history, practices, ethics, church organization and management, and outreach. You’ll explore your vocation as you reflect on and formalize your understanding of faith and learning in the context of your personal identity in Christ, the broader ministry of the Gospel and your vision of future ministry and personal growth. You’ll be equipped for exemplary service in Christian ministry (with an education or outreach emphasis) as you take 42 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Christian Ministry Curriculum Overview

The primary objective of the Christian Ministry major is to equip students for exemplary service in Christian ministry settings in the areas of education and/or outreach. It presupposes the minor in confessional Lutheranism, which represents the theological core of the program and is taken by most church work students. The following objectives, growing out of and informed by the Christian Gospel, help to determine the plan of study for the Major in
Christian Ministry:

For Certification in the LCMS as a Director of Christian Education (DCE), add 12 credits. For Certification in the LCMS as a Director of Christian Outreach (DCO), add 12 credits of internship and 12 credits of additional coursework. Both DCE and DCO certifications also require completion of the Lutheran Theology minor.


Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. David Lumpp Professor of Theology and Ministry

Dr. Lumpp's areas of professional expertise are primarily in systematic and historical theology.

Dr. Rhoda Schuler Term Faculty in Religion

Dr. Schuler’s research passions are liturgical theology and ritual studies, which she views as more than academic disciplines.

Dr. Mark Schuler Department of Theology and Ministry Chairperson, Professor of Theology

Schuler passes on his passion for Biblical Greek and the New Testament to Concordia students in the classroom.

Dr. Suzanne Hequet Term Faculty of Theology

Dr. Hequet has a passion for Church History, in particular the 16th century Reformation.

Mark Koschmann Fiechtner Chair in Christian Outreach
Instructor in Theology & Missiology

In addition to his teaching, Koschmann leads the mentoring program of the Hoffmann Institute in urban and cross-cultural outreach.

Heath Lewis, DCE Faculty, Theology & Ministry; Director of DCE Program

Heath Lewis will be involved in reinvigorating the historically strong Christian Education programs at Concordia University.

Career Potential

You’ll have real opportunities to learn beyond the classroom with two semesters of fieldwork in a local congregation under the supervision of a parish professional.

  • Director of Christian Education
  • Director of Christian Outreach
  • Missionary
  • Church Administration

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