CertificationDirector of Christian Outreach (DCO)

The only program of its kind, the Director of Christian Outreach (DCO) program prepares you to lead, train, equip and encourage others in the various facets of outreach ministry throughout the world. You’ll earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Director of Christian Outreach certification by majoring in Christian Ministry, minoring in Lutheran Theology and completing a DCO internship.

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Director of Christian Outreach (DCO) Curriculum Overview

The Director of Christian Outreach (DCO) program is designed to equip students for exemplary service in Christian ministry settings in the areas of education and/or outreach. You’ll study cultures, generations and rural/suburban/urban ministries as you learn to plan and facilitate meaningful strategies for the church to reach out to those without a saving faith in Jesus. Additionally, a DCO helps to assess outreach opportunities unique to a ministry setting and to equip each congregation to bring the Gospel to people in the most winsome and effective ways possible.

Certification as a Director of Christian Outreach requires the completion of a major in Christian Ministry, the 12-credits in Christian Outreach, and 12-credits of internship. The DCO certification also requires completion of the Lutheran Theology minor, which represents the theological core of the program and is taken by most church work students.


Certification for Church work is the process by which the faculty approves candidates for placement in the public ministry of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS); including teacher, Director of Christian Education, Director of Christian Outreach, and Director of Parish Music.

Meet Your Professors

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.

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.

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

  • Director of Christian Outreach
  • Missionary
Student Success Stories Samantha Guthrie ’17 - Director of Christian Outreach

"The faculty at CSP show me what the body of Christ is all about - they have God-given gifts and passions, and have been called to particular roles of service at CSP."

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