Christ College

Dean: Dr. Steven P. Mueller

Assistant Dean: Dr. David W. Loy

The purpose of Christ College is to enable students to understand, communicate, teach, defend, and believe the Christian faith through systematic inquiry of the Bible, the doctrines of the church, and other statements of faith. Christ College also equips students for professional church vocations in their chosen field. The school guides students interested in receiving certification for ministerial vocations in The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod (LCMS).

Undergraduate Majors

Bachelor of Arts Degree

  • Theological Studies: Biblical Languages
  • Theological Studies: Christian Education Leadership 
  • Theology

Undergraduate Minors

  • Biblical Languages
  • Biblical Studies
  • Children's Ministry
  • Christian Education Leadership
  • Classical Languages
  • Director of Christian Education*
  • Director of Parish Music*
  • Lutheran Teaching*
  • Missiology
  • Philosophy
  • Pre-Deaconess Studies*
  • Pre-Seminary*
  • Theology
  • Worship Arts Leadership
  • Youth Ministry

*Prerequisite:  Acceptance into LCMS Certification program. 

The Great Commission Certificate

Director, Rev. Mark Siegert

Ministry Programs

Director of Ministerial Formation, Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer

Undergraduate Certification for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

  • Director of Christian Education
    Director, Dr. David Rueter
    Assistant Director, Prof. Rebecca Duport
  • Director of Parish Music
    Director, Dr. Carol McDaniel
  • Pre-Deaconess Studies
    Director, Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer
  • Pre-Seminary Studies
    Director, Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer
  • Lutheran Teaching Programs
    Director, Dr. Cari Chittick

Undergraduate Preparation for Christian Ministry

  • Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
  • Christian Education
  • Church Music
  • Pre-Seminary Studies
  • Worship Arts Leadership

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Certification for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

  • Cross-cultural Ministry Center (LCMS Pastoral Ministry Certification)
    Director, Dr. Glenn Fluegge
  • Director of Christian Education
    Director, Dr. David Rueter
  • Director of Parish Music
    Director, Dr. Carol McDaniel
  • Lutheran Teaching Programs
    Director, Dr. Cari Chittick

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Preparation for Christian Ministry

  • Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
  • Christian Education
  • Church Music
  • Pre-Seminary Studies
  • Worship Arts Leadership

Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Theology
  • Master of Arts in Theology and Culture

Colloquy

Director, Dr. Cari Chittick

Christ College Program Learning Outcomes

Comprehension of Scripture

  • Express an understanding of the language, contents, history, culture, and themes of the Bible.

Understanding of Doctrine

  • Integrate and articulate biblical doctrine in systematic constructs.

Acquaintance with Other Theological Thought and Expression

  • Accurately describe prominent religions, denominations, and philosophies of the past and present.

Engagement with Western Philosophy

  • Articulate an understanding of Western philosophical history, classic texts, argument analysis, and the interaction of philosophy with biblical faith, theology, and other thought systems.

Development of Faith in Christ

  • Christian students shall articulate a personal faith in Christ that is well informed from a biblical perspective.

Mission-oriented Church Leadership

  • Christian students, whether preparing for called ministry or lay leadership in the church, will demonstrate skills and attitudes to effectively live out and lead the church in the Great Commission and lives of service.

Undergraduate Majors

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Theological Studies: Biblical Languages

Theological Foundations
Exegetical Theology
THL 311Old Testament Book of the Bible3
or THL 312 New Testament Book of the Bible
THL 429Biblical Theology and Exegesis3
Systematic Theology (Doctrine)
THL 371Christian Doctrine and Confessions I3
THL 372Christian Doctrine and Confessions II3
Historical Theology
THL 304History of the Christian Church3
Missions
THL 430Christian Apologetics3
or THL 481 The Mission of Christ’s Church
Other Theological Thought
REL 321World Religions3
or REL 375 Contemporary Religious Bodies
Biblical Languages
GRE 101Greek I4
GRE 102Greek II4
HEB 101Hebrew I4
HEB 102Hebrew II4
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Greek Readings3
Greek Readings3
Greek Readings3
Greek Readings3
Hebrew Readings3
Hebrew Readings3
Hebrew Readings3
Hebrew Readings3
Elective6
Choose any 300 or 400 level Christ College courses not taken in the major (prefixes ARA, CED, GRE, HEB, PHI, THL. Aramaic, Greek or Hebrew electives are highly encouraged.)
Total Units46

Theological Studies: Christian Education Leadership

Theological Foundations
Exegetical Theology
THL 311Old Testament Book of the Bible3
or THL 312 New Testament Book of the Bible
THL 429Biblical Theology and Exegesis3
Systematic Theology (Doctrine)
THL 371Christian Doctrine and Confessions I3
THL 372Christian Doctrine and Confessions II3
Historical Theology
THL 304History of the Christian Church3
Missions
THL 430Christian Apologetics3
or THL 481 The Mission of Christ’s Church
Other Theological Thought
REL 321World Religions3
or REL 375 Contemporary Religious Bodies
Christian Education Leadership
CED 201Introduction to Christian Education: Theory and Practice3
CED 202Church Leadership and Administration3
CED 350Learning Across the Life Span3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Children’s and Family Ministry3
Youth Ministry and Culture3
Catechesis: Theory and Practice3
Adult Ministry3
CED 401Senior Fieldwork Seminar I3
CED 402Senior Fieldwork Seminar II3
CED 470Family Systems3
PSY 466Principles of Counseling3
THL 222Christian Witness and Evangelism1
Total Units49

Theology

Theological Foundations
Exegetical Theology
THL 311Old Testament Book of the Bible3
or THL 312 New Testament Book of the Bible
THL 429Biblical Theology and Exegesis3
Systematic Theology (Doctrine)
THL 371Christian Doctrine and Confessions I3
THL 372Christian Doctrine and Confessions II3
Historical Theology
THL 304History of the Christian Church3
Missions
THL 430Christian Apologetics3
or THL 481 The Mission of Christ’s Church
Other Theological Thought
REL 321World Religions3
or REL 375 Contemporary Religious Bodies
Philosophy
Choose 1 of the following Philosophy courses:3
Philosophical Ethics3
Philosophy of Religion3
Analytic Philosophy3
Bioethics and Healthcare Professions3
Special Topics3
Choose 1 of the following Exegetical Theology courses not taken above:3
Greek I4
Greek II4
Greek Readings3
Greek Readings
Greek Readings
Greek Readings
Hebrew I4
Hebrew II4
Old Testament Book of the Bible3
New Testament Book of the Bible3
Hebrew Readings3
Hebrew Readings
Hebrew Readings
Hebrew Readings
Special Topics in Exegetical Theology3
Choose 1 of the following Systematic Theology courses not taken above:3
Christians and Ethics3
Special Topics in Systematic Theology3
Choose 1 of the following Church History courses not taken above:3
Patristic and Medieval Christianity3
The Reformation3
Contemporary Church History3
Readings in Classical Christian Thought3
Special Topics in Historical Theology3
Elective3
Choose any 300 or 400 level Christ College course not taken in the major (prefixes ARA, CED, GRE, HEB, LAT, PHI, THL)
Total Units36

Undergraduate Minors

Biblical Languages Minor

GRE 101Greek I4
GRE 102Greek II4
HEB 101Hebrew I4
HEB 102Hebrew II4
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Aramaic3
Greek Readings3
Greek Readings3
Greek Readings3
Greek Readings3
Hebrew Readings3
Hebrew Readings3
Hebrew Readings3
Hebrew Readings3
Total Units22

Biblical Studies Minor

THL 201History and Literature of the Old Testament3
THL 202History and Literature of the New Testament3
THL 311Old Testament Book of the Bible3
THL 312New Testament Book of the Bible3
THL 429Biblical Theology and Exegesis3
Choose 1 of the following course pairings:6-8
Greek I
and Greek II
8
Hebrew I
and Hebrew II
8
Old Testament Book of the Bible
and New Testament Book of the Bible *
6
Total Units21-23
*

Students may choose THL 311 or THL 312 if it is a different book than above 

Children's Ministry Minor

Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Children’s and Family Ministry3
Learning Across the Life Span3
Family Systems3
Choose 3 of the following courses:9
Human Sexuality3
Developmental Psychology: Childhood3
Marriage and the Family3
Child, Family and Community3
THL 465Christians and Ethics3
Total Units18

Christian Education Leadership Minor

CED 202Church Leadership and Administration3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Methodology of Christian Teaching *3
Learning Across the Life Span3
THL 371Christian Doctrine and Confessions I3
THL 372Christian Doctrine and Confessions II3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Children’s and Family Ministry3
Youth Ministry and Culture3
Catechesis: Theory and Practice3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Adult Ministry3
Family Systems3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Old Testament Book of the Bible3
New Testament Book of the Bible3
Biblical Theology and Exegesis **3
Total Units24
*

Education students should replace CED 302 with THL 429

**

THL 429 may be chosen if not already being substituted above.

Classical Languages Minor

GRE 101Greek I4
GRE 102Greek II4
LAT 101Fundamentals of Latin I4
LAT 102Fundamentals of Latin II4
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Greek Readings3
Greek Readings3
Greek Readings3
Greek Readings3
Latin Readings3
Latin Readings3
Latin Readings3
Total Units22

Director of Christian Education Minor***

CCI 103Introduction to Ministry1
CCI 112Seminar in DCE Ministry *0-2
CCI 305Called to Teach the Faith3
CED 390Practicum: DCE Ministry (3 units; 1 at a time)3
THL 201History and Literature of the Old Testament3
THL 202History and Literature of the New Testament3
THL 304History of the Christian Church3
THL 371Christian Doctrine and Confessions I3
THL 372Christian Doctrine and Confessions II3
THL 382Corporate Worship3
Choose 2 or the following courses not already taken in the major:6
Children’s and Family Ministry3
Youth Ministry and Culture3
Catechesis: Theory and Practice3
Adult Ministry3
Total Units31-33
*

 Taken once a year.

Students must take the following course after graduation in order to be certified:
CED 490Internship: DCE12

Director of Parish Music Minor***

CCI 103Introduction to Ministry1
CCI 117Seminar in Parish Music *0-2
CCI 305Called to Teach the Faith3
CCI 391Practicum: Church Music (2 semesters @ .5 units)1
CCI 491Senior Fieldwork in Church Music I3
CCI 492Senior Fieldwork in Church Music II3
MUKP 201Private Lessons: Piano II1-2
or MUKO 100 Organ Class
MUVO 100Voice Class1-2
or MUVO 101 Private Lessons: Voice I
THL 201History and Literature of the Old Testament3
THL 202History and Literature of the New Testament3
THL 304History of the Christian Church3
THL 371Christian Doctrine and Confessions I3
THL 372Christian Doctrine and Confessions II3
Total Units28-32
*

 Taken once a year.

Lutheran Teaching Minor***

CCI 103Introduction to Ministry1
CCI 113Seminar in Teaching Ministry *0-2
CCI 305Called to Teach the Faith3
THL 201History and Literature of the Old Testament3
THL 202History and Literature of the New Testament3
THL 304History of the Christian Church3
THL 371Christian Doctrine and Confessions I3
THL 372Christian Doctrine and Confessions II3
Total Units19-21
*

 Taken once each year.

Missiology Minor

ANT 210Cultural Anthropology3
ANT 435Religion in Society3
REL 321World Religions3
THL 222Christian Witness and Evangelism1
THL 430Christian Apologetics3
THL 481The Mission of Christ’s Church3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Intercultural Communication3
Music Cultures of the World: Emerging Nations3
Music Cultures of the World: The Silk Road3
Philosophy of Religion3
Ethnic and Minority Relations3
HST 338Modern European History3
or HST 371 Islamic Civilization
Total Units22

Philosophy Minor

CPHI 101Introduction to Philosophy3
CPHI 200Introduction to Philosophical Inquiry3
Choose 4 of the following courses:12
Philosophical Ethics3
Philosophy of Religion3
Analytic Philosophy3
Special Topics3
History and Philosophy of Science3
Christian Apologetics3
Christians and Ethics3
Total Units18

Pre-Deaconess Studies Minor***

CCI 103Introduction to Ministry1
CCI 118Seminar in Deaconess Ministry *0-2
CCI 305Called to Teach the Faith3
THL 201History and Literature of the Old Testament3
THL 202History and Literature of the New Testament3
THL 304History of the Christian Church3
THL 371Christian Doctrine and Confessions I3
THL 372Christian Doctrine and Confessions II3
THL 465Christians and Ethics3
Choose 1 of the following course pairings:8
Greek I
and Greek II
8
Hebrew I
and Hebrew II
8
Total Units30-32
*

Taken once each year.

Pre-Seminary Minor***

CCI 103Introduction to Ministry1
CCI 111Seminar in Pastoral Ministry *0-2
CCI 305Called to Teach the Faith3
GRE 101Greek I4
GRE 102Greek II4
HEB 101Hebrew I4
HEB 102Hebrew II4
THL 201History and Literature of the Old Testament3
THL 202History and Literature of the New Testament3
THL 304History of the Christian Church3
THL 371Christian Doctrine and Confessions I3
THL 372Christian Doctrine and Confessions II3
THL 465Christians and Ethics3
Total Units38-40
*

 Taken once each year.

Theology Minor

REL 321World Religions3
REL 375Contemporary Religious Bodies3
THL 371Christian Doctrine and Confessions I3
THL 372Christian Doctrine and Confessions II3
THL 429Biblical Theology and Exegesis3
THL 430Christian Apologetics3
THL 463Readings in Classical Christian Thought3
THL 465Christians and Ethics3
Total Units24

Worship Arts Leadership Minor

For all students except music majors with a church music concentration.

MU___ 101-401Applied Music Instruction1
MUS 482Music Cultures: Musical Expression in Christianity3
MUS 483A Survey of Christian Hymnody3
MUS 484Planning Music in Christian Worship2
MUS 485Contemporary Christian Song2
THL 281Introduction to Worship Arts1
THL 371Christian Doctrine and Confessions I3
THL 372Christian Doctrine and Confessions II3
THL 381Worship Arts Ministry3
THL 382Corporate Worship3
Choose a combination of courses below to equal 2-3 units:2-3
Digital Publishing3
Digital Image Manipulation3
Music Technology1
Beginning Conducting2
Handbell Methods and Repertoire1-3
Contemporary Worship Ensemble Leadership3
Music for Children2,3
Choral Methods and Repertoire3
Acting I3
Total Units26-27

Worship Arts Leadership Minor

For music majors with a church music concentration.

MUS 484Planning Music in Christian Worship2
MUS 485Contemporary Christian Song2
THL 281Introduction to Worship Arts1
THL 371Christian Doctrine and Confessions I3
THL 372Christian Doctrine and Confessions II3
THL 381Worship Arts Ministry3
THL 382Corporate Worship3
THL 429Biblical Theology and Exegesis3
Choose a combination of courses below to equal 2-3 units not taken as part of church music emphasis in the music major:2-3
Digital Publishing3
Digital Image Manipulation3
Beginning Conducting2
Music Technology1
Contemporary Worship Ensemble Leadership3
Handbell Methods and Repertoire1-3
Music for Children2,3
Choral Methods and Repertoire3
Acting I3
Total Units22-23

Youth Ministry Minor

CED 380Youth Ministry and Culture3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Human Sexuality3
Chemical Dependency and Addiction3
Developmental Psychology: Adolescence3
CED 455Catechesis: Theory and Practice3
CED 470Family Systems3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Christian Apologetics3
Christians and Ethics3
The Mission of Christ’s Church3
Total Units18

***Prerequisite:  Acceptance into LCMS Certification program.  

Ministry Programs

Director of Ministerial Formation:  Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer

Director of Christian Education

Director of Parish Music

Lutheran Teaching Ministry

  • Elementary
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education

Pre-Deaconess Studies

Pre-Seminary Studies

Colloquy Program

Cross-cultural Ministry Center (Graduate-level pastoral certification)

Certification for Ministry in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Christ College guides students interested in receiving certification for ministerial vocations in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).

LCMS students pursuing such certification must apply for admission into a Christ College minor and complete the academic preparation in that minor; maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in all course work and a 2.8 cumulative GPA in required certification courses. Students must receive at least a C- in courses required for LCMS certification (including professional minor and/or major). Those students successfully completing all requirements will receive a certificate along with a commemorative medallion from Christ College and will be considered for recommendation by the faculty for certification by the LCMS or for admission into an LCMS seminary.

Director of Christian Education (DCE) Program

Director, Dr. David Rueter
Assistant Director, Prof. Rebecca Duport

A Director of Christian Education (DCE) is a life span educational leader prepared for team ministry in a congregational setting and is certified, called, and commissioned by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). A DCE, empowered by the Holy Spirit, plans, administers, and assesses ministry that nurtures and equips people in the Body of Christ for spiritual maturity, service, and witness in home, job, congregation, community, and the world.

The purpose of the Director of Christian Education program is to equip leaders for ministry who are passionate about the Gospel, God’s people, and Christ’s Church. Through four years of coursework and one year of internship, students will be prepared to serve effectively in a congregational setting in the following roles: ministry leader, Christian educator, life span minister (including youth ministry), and care minister. Upon the successful completion of the Christian education leadership major and the DCE program requirements, and upon recommendation of the faculty, students will receive certification as a DCE by the LCMS and become eligible to receive a call into full-time service in the church. 

Program Requirements

A. Enduring Questions & Ideas (GE) (50-52 Units)

Normally completed during the first 2 years of attendance.

B. Major Requirements (40 Units)

Note: The Theological Studies: Christian Education Leadership major is required for all DCE students.

C. Minor Requirements (31-33 Units)

Note: The Director of Christian Education minor is required for all DCE students.

D. DCE Internship: Post-Baccalaureate (12 Units)

The final requirement for DCE certification is a year-long internship, normally following graduation, in a congregation, agency, or mission site of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) that will enable students to experience as many aspects of the DCE ministry as possible. While interns register as students under the ultimate direction of the DCE program director during internship, they are also paid by the participating congregation or agency and are under the direct supervision of a full-time rostered minister in the congregation or agency during this time.

Special Internship Situations: International Internship

Christ College partners with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Office of International Missions to offer international internship opportunities for some students in the Director of Christian Education (DCE) program. Students interested in an international internship must consult with the DCE program director as early as possible. Students will satisfy additional requirements from CUI, LCMS World Missions and the potential internship site. Students selected for international internships will enroll in CED 490 for two (2) semesters and CED 491 for the remaining one (1) or two (2) semesters of international internship. Such students are responsible for three (3) semesters of internship tuition. Students on internship for twenty-four (24) months may pay CED 491 tuition over two (2) semesters. Internship tuition and fees may increase to align with the costs of supervision. Students are expected to work with LCMS Office of International Missions to raise support for an international internship and must show the ability to pay for airfare from the internship site to the United States in case of emergency or unexpected ending of the internship.

Special Internship Situations: Self-Funded Internship

Some unique internship opportunities may be in specialized ministry situations that require students to raise some or all of their internship salary. Students who are interested in one of these specialized internships will consult with the DCE director as early as possible.

E. DCE Post-Baccalaureate Certification

DCE certification is designed for students who have obtained an undergraduate degree in a field unrelated to DCE ministry; have professional or volunteer experience in a congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS); and desire to serve as a DCE in the LCMS. Concordia offers 2 means to DCE certification:

  1. Students may complete the DCE post-baccalaureate certification program, taking up to 55-57 units of undergraduate courses designed to prepare them for the DCE profession. For information regarding this program, contact the DCE program office.
  2. Students may complete the master of arts in theology with a Christian education emphasis and additional certification courses. Contact Christ College for more information.

F. Additional Information

All students in the program are required to meet annually with the program director to discuss their personal, professional, intellectual, and spiritual growth for DCE ministry.

Director of Parish Music (DPM) Program

Director, Dr. Carol. R. McDaniel

The Director of Parish Music (DPM) program grants the bachelor’s degree and Christ College certification, making the candidate eligible to serve in a congregation or other agency affiliated with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Program Requirements

A. Enduring Questions & Ideas (GE) (50-52 Units)

Normally completed during the first 2 years of attendance. Students may, if placed by examination, substitute MUS 201 in the music major for the MUS 111 Why Art? option in the Q&I general education.

B.  Major Requirements (Music Major) (54-72 Units)
 

C. Minor Requirements (28-32 Units)

Note:  The Director of Parish Music minor is required for all DPM students.

D. Additional Information

All students in the program are required to meet annually with the program director to discuss their personal, professional, intellectual, and spiritual growth for DPM ministry.

Lutheran Teaching Ministry: Elementary and Secondary Education

Director, Dr. Cari Chittick

Lutheran teaching programs prepare students for teaching in Lutheran schools at either the elementary or secondary level. Those who want to teach at the elementary level are best prepared by taking the Liberal Studies major. Future high school teachers will major in a state-approved single subject content area. Students in Lutheran teaching programs complete the requirements for a California teaching credential (see information under School of Education) along with Christ College requirements. Student teaching assignments will include both public and Lutheran school settings. These students will then be certified, called, and commissioned by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) to teach in Lutheran schools and hold a Lutheran Teaching Certificate.

While the majority of courses in this program are education, students are encouraged to seek ways to integrate faith throughout the curriculum they will teach. Students who have a heart for Jesus and a passion for the teaching ministry are guided to serve God by being servant leaders in their classrooms, at the congregational level, and beyond.

For program specifics, please see School of Education section.

Pre-Deaconess Studies Program

Director, Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer

Christian women serving as deaconesses reach out to individuals in spiritual and physical need through acts of service and ministry. Depending on their gifts and calling, they may provide spiritual care, teach God’s Word, administer programs, work in social services, or assist in a variety of other ministry tasks. Deaconesses frequently serve in parishes, hospitals, welfare institutions, college campuses, inner cities, foreign missions, and in other places where their ministry of service is needed.

The Pre-Deaconess Studies Program equips women for graduate-level diaconal training through instruction in at least 1 biblical language and through other courses that will prepare them for graduate theological education. Pre-deaconess students are part of Christ College and are engaged in spiritual and ministerial formation with other future church workers.

Program Requirements

A. Enduring Questions and Ideas (GE) (50-52 Units)

Normally completed during the first 2 years of attendance.

B. Major Requirements

Completion of any approved major. Majors in behavioral sciences, theological studies, or Christian education leadership are particularly recommended.

C. Minor Requirements (30-32 Units)

Note: The Pre-Deaconess Studies minor is required for all pre-deaconess students.

D. Additional Information

All students in the program are required to meet annually with the program director to discuss their personal, professional, intellectual, and spiritual growth for deaconess ministry.

Pre-Seminary Studies Program

Director, Rev. Scott Steigemeyer

The Pre-Seminary Studies Program furnishes students with the academic training essential not only for successful entrance into a seminary but also for a successful ministry. The program is structured to encourage personal and spiritual growth in pastoral attitudes, habits, and skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared to enter a seminary to continue their study that normally includes 3 additional years of academic work and 1 year of vicarage. Entrance requirements vary, but normally a bachelor’s degree and proficiency in the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew are required of all who desire admission to a seminary. Seminaries generally also require personal references and recommendations.

General admission to the university does not constitute admission to the Pre-Seminary Studies Program. Students are advised to consult the program director for specific requirements and procedures for admission.

Program Requirements

A. Enduring Questions & Ideas (GE) (50-52 Units)

Normally completed during the first 2 years of attendance.

B. Major Requirements

Completion of any approved major.

C. Minor Requirements (38-40 Units)

Note: The Pre-Seminary minor is required for all pre-seminary students.

D. Additional Information

All students in the program are required to meet annually with the program director to discuss their personal, professional, intellectual, and spiritual growth for the pastoral ministry.

Colloquy Program

Director, Dr. Cari Chittick

Concordia University partners with the Concordia University Educational Network (CUENet) to offer an online program of instruction for teachers who have completed a bachelor’s degree and who wish to become commissioned ministers of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Those who are interested in being commissioned as Directors of Christian Education (DCE) or Directors of Parish Music (DPM) do not have an online option. Students work individually with the particular program director for certification. For a more complete description of the colloquy program and information regarding admission to the program, please contact the program director.

Cross-cultural Ministry Center

Director, Dr. Glenn Fluegge

The Cross-cultural Ministry Center (CMC) oversees the preparation, training, and formation of candidates for pastoral ministry in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). The CMC specializes in forming missionary pastors to launch and develop culture-crossing ministries. Students graduate with a master of arts degree (MA) in theology and full certification for ordination as a pastor in the LCMS.

Preparation for Christian Ministry

In parallel with the LCMS certification programs, Christ College welcomes Christian students from many different backgrounds and provides preparation for various Christian ministries. Christ College is prepared to cooperate with a variety of Christian congregations and groups in preparing students for ministerial work. Christian students may pursue undergraduate and graduate preparation for Christian ministry in the following areas:

  • Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
  • Christian Education
  • Church Music and Worship Arts Leadership
  • Pastoral Ministry

The Great Commission Certificate

Director, Rev. Mark Siegert

The Great Commission Certificate is awarded to deserving CUI bachelor-degree graduates who intentionally develop their missionary skills while attending Concordia. It engages students with faculty and staff mentors for involvement in the work of making disciples of all nations. It promotes a multifaceted, holistic approach to missions combining academic work, practical application, reflection, and mentorship. Students who are creedal Christians compelled by the Gospel to carry out the Mission of God, regardless of their vocations, are encouraged to work toward the Great Commission Certificate. While some of the work may be completed before applying, early application is encouraged to aid in mentoring and guidance.

Certificate Requirements

A. Academic Coursework
THL 222Christian Witness and Evangelism1
THL 395Preparing for Mission and Service1
THL 481The Mission of Christ’s Church3
Recommended:
World Religions3
Christian Apologetics3
B. Christian Missions Experience *
Local Missions Experience (minimum of 20 hours)
International Christian Missions Experience (with preparation in THL 395; minimum length of 10 days)
C. Reflection
With the assistance of a faculty mentor, students will prepare a portfolio or paper that demonstrates substantial work and reflection on the mission experiences in light of academic work. These are approved by the program director and presented in a poster session at the Great Commission Showcase.
*

Experiences must be in a Christian mission that is explicitly connected to the Gospel and approved for recognition by the program director.