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Faith & Ministry

Part of a CSP education means exploring your faith – reaching beyond the walls of the church to get involved, exploring your beliefs and becoming a servant-leader. As a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) institution, our approach is distinctly Lutheran, but many faith traditions converge on our campus. We strive to make every student feel welcome and accepted, whatever your beliefs.

  • No matter what you study, an undercurrent of faith and ethics prepares you to be a principled leader in your field.

  • From traditional services to faith-based musical theatre to student-led ministry, you’ll find the worship styles that move you in your faith.

  • Expand your worldview and explore varying cultures, serving others as you learn about yourself.

  • Prepare for a vocation in Church Work or simply expand your Christian education.

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36 (ESV)

Church Work Programs

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
$ 12,000

New CSP Church Work students are guaranteed a minimum $12,000 academic scholarship.

Find Your Calling!

Prepare for a vocation in Church Work.
Church Work Programs offered at CSP
98 %

Placement rate within six months of graduation (geographically mobile grads)

$ 4,773

Average out of pocket tuition paid by Church Work students (2020)

CSP MINISTRY

CSP Ministry is a Christ-centered ministry, rooted in God’s Word, that is dedicated to serving Concordia University, St. Paul in four main ministry areas:

  • Equipping: Peer Ministry, Student-led & Staff-led Bible Study Opportunities, Student Workers
  • Caring: Peer Ministry, Prayer Ministry, Online Ministry Devotions & Encouragements
  • Welcoming: Intentional Ministry of Presence, Campus Events, Student Ministry Clubs – 908 & Theology & Ministry Club
  • Worshiping: Morning Chapel, Evening Chapel, In the Community

We believe our team of staff and student leaders are the public faces of CSP Ministry, but that CSP Ministry is made up of any faculty, staff, or student that is a believer in Jesus, called to be the light of Christ.

More about services and worship opportunities.

  • Morning Chapel

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 10:30 a.m.
    Tuesday & Thursday – 11:20 a.m.

    A Typical Week in Chapel
    Chapel times include a variety of forms, orders, and leaders. It is our goal that the beautiful diversity of our campus community and its gifts can be represented in the chapel. To reach that goal of variety and involvement, our weekly order will not always be the same, but generally, some common themes can be expected. No matter the form or the leader, though, we will always gather around the Gospel of Christ as found in the Holy Scriptures.

    • Monday – 
    • Tuesday – 
    • Wednesday – Convocations, Communion, and other orders
    • Thursday – A rotation of traditional orders of Matins, Morning Prayer, and Celtic Daily Prayer often accompanied by the Jubilate Choir
    • Friday –

    Questions about morning chapel?  Would you like to get involved or help out? Contact the team!

    Evening Chapel

    Evening chapels are student-led devotional times on campus that range from very quiet and contemplative to full band leading contemporary music and everything in between. You are welcome to join us for any and all evening chapels to end your day with thanksgiving to God and hear about his love for you. If you’d like to help with evening chapel, contact the team or the student leaders leading the services.
    • Compline – Monday at 10 p.m. It is a traditional, peaceful worship liturgy to celebrate the closing of the day.
    • Taize / Contemplative – Tuesday at 10 p.m. It is a contemplative, reflective time of worship where Scripture is read and sung. This service often includes a time of reflective silence for prayer.
    • 908 – Wednesday at 9:08 p.m. 908 is a time of contemporary worship including a worship band, student or guest speakers, and prayer time.
    • Holden Evening Prayer – Thursday at 10 p.m. It is a beautiful piano-led service of singing and prayer.
  • Most of our opportunities and hang time happen in 3 main places:

    • Graebner Memorial Chapel / Cross of Christ Fellowship Center (CCFC)/ the Underground
      Where you’ll find daily chapel, the CSP Ministry staff office, and coffee, snacks, & hang out space! 
    • The Living Room
      A comfy space on the tunnel for homework, hanging out, meetings, Bible studies, and making others feel welcome on campus.
    • Prayer Chapel
      A small, quiet space for individual or small group prayer and conversation at the bottom level of the Behm Crossroads, below the Buenger Education Center.
    • FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) – Thursday nights at 9 p.m. in the Underground (basement of the chapel) | fca@csp.edu
    • 908 – Wednesday nights at 9:08 p.m. in the Chapel | 908@csp.edu
    • Propel Women’s Ministry – Monday nights at 9 p.m. in the Living Room (in the tunnel by the game rooms) | propel@csp.edu
    • Cornerstone Men’s Ministry – Monday nights at 9 p.m. in the Underground | cornerstone@csp.edu
  • CSP Ministry sees Bible Study as an incredibly important piece of Christian life and discipleship. CSP Ministry offers seasonal study opportunities and resources during Lent and other times. We also equip students and staff to lead and facilitate Bible Studies in their areas of campus as well.

  • Peer Ministers are a team of students who are trained to be an aware and welcoming presence on campus. These are students who are seeking to live out the welcoming and serving heart of Jesus in their everyday lives at Concordia. Peer Ministers are an important ministry for Concordia as well as a valuable equipping experience for Christian students. They are students who help others connect with community, resources, and Jesus. If you would like to connect with a Peer Minister, send us an email at cspministry@csp.edu.

  • We love having as many different people involved in chapel as possible. Do you like to read aloud? Are you interested in running sound or visuals? Do you play an instrument or sing? Do you do skits or dance? We would love to have you use your gifts in chapel!

  • Host a Concordia Sunday!  CSP offers Concordia Sundays to congregations to provide a Sunday morning experience that communicates the Gospel-centered mission and vision of Concordia University, St. Paul. Our university president or one of our pastors on campus can share about the University as well as contribute to your congregation’s Sunday worship experience.

    In expressing Concordia’s commitment to Lutheran higher education within the context of the Gospel, Concordia University, St. Paul seeks actively to:

    • Build and foster a productive partnership with our LCMS church constituency
    • Aid in the recruitment of students for all vocations
    • Aid in the recruitment of church work students
    • Increase the visibility of the university
    • Raise congregational awareness of the Concordia University System

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

LCMS is a full of Mission, Bible, & Confession
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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.