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Grow Your Faith. Explore Your Calling.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

98 %

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

$ 4,773

Average out of pocket tuition paid by Church Work students (2019-20)


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.

My experience at Concordia has been one of growth – in my knowledge of the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confession, my outlook on the Christian message within the broader community, and the importance of the Lutheran Confession to the world at large and even the broader Christian community.

Josef Muench '17 - Pre-Seminary

CSP Ministry and Spiritual Life

Explore your faith through daily worship services, service-learning and community outreach, ethics-based courses, and the support of CSP’s faith community.

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Church Work Faculty

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.

Heath Lewis, DCE

Faculty Theology & Ministry; Director of DCE Program

Rev. Dr. Mark Koschmann

Assistant Professor of Theology and Ministry Hoffmann Mentoring Initiatives Director

Dr. Mark Schuler

Department of Theology and Ministry Professor of Theology

Dr. Suzanne Hequet

Professor Emerita

Dr. Samuel Deressa

Assistant Professor of Theology and the Global South

Dr. Rhoda Schuler

Term Faculty in Religion

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