Lutheran School Ministry

Serving in Lutheran schools is one of the noblest professions in the world. Through a Christ-centered curriculum, Lutheran schools offer a holistic education that provides outstanding academic preparation built upon a faith foundation, impacting children’s lives for eternity.

More than 33 percent of current rostered LCMS educators received their education at Concordia, Nebraska. Still, Lutheran schools have an unmet need for teachers and administrators that exceeds current church work graduates of all the Concordia universities combined. Seeing this need, Concordia Nebraska is proud to introduce a practical solution--the Lutheran School Ministry program.

The Lutheran School Ministry program is primarily designed for non-LCMS educators who serve in our Lutheran schools and desire additional training to incorporate the Lutheran educational ethos into their classrooms. The program provides practical instruction on what makes a Lutheran Christian education truly distinctive.

In the fall of 2016, several representatives from Concordia University, Nebraska, met with international Lutheran school leaders in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Hanoi. Expressed in these meetings was the growing difficulty of hiring Lutheran trained teachers for their schools. These school leaders voiced a need to have Concordia develop a program for their teachers who are not Lutheran to learn what it means to teach in a Lutheran school.

Upon returning to campus, the concept quickly grew from an idea into a four-part program. Likewise, it became evident that this program would benefit schools across the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. This need was confirmed in discussions with LC-MS district education executives and school principals. In response to the feedback received from these stakeholders, Concordia University, Nebraska, developed the Lutheran School Ministry program.

Lutheran School Ministry Modules

Beginning in January 2018, four 8-week modules will be offered online for the benefit of these Christian educators. Educators finishing all four modules are recognized for completion of the Lutheran School Ministry training. Tuition is $600 per module or $2,000 for the entire program if paid before starting the first module. Get the prepayment form.

Participants are also required to have a copy of The Pedagogy of Faith: Essays on Lutheran Education for Modules 2-4. This book may be purchased through the university bookstore for $35.

Bull, Bernard (Ed.). (2016). The Pedagogy of Faith: Essays in Lutheran Education. St. Louis, Concordia Publishing House.

    Module 1 What Lutherans Believe, Teach and Confess
    Examining foundational LCMS Lutheran beliefs and how they inform the mission, ministry, culture and character of the Lutheran school.
    Module 2 The Lutheran School: Identity and Ethos
    A study of the practical application of God's Word and Lutheran beliefs, used to create and sustain a distinctively Lutheran school community.
    Module 3 The Lutheran Classroom: Daily Life Together
    A study of the Lutheran Christian classroom, an environment rooted in daily application of the Law and Gospel, where the intentional integration of faith and learning enriches the entire classroom experience.
    Module 4 The Teacher in a Lutheran School: Vocation
    An in-depth reflection on vocation, designed to provide teachers in Lutheran schools with a deeper personal understanding of their calling to serve the Lord, the Church and their students.
To receive more information on the Lutheran School Ministry program, fill out this form and a representative from Concordia will be in touch with you.

Registration Information

Registration DeadlinesStart Dates
March 2, 2018March 5, 2018
April 27, 2018April 30, 2018
June 22, 2018June 25, 2018

To register for the Lutheran School Ministry Program, follow the link to our application. On the application page select Graduate, Graduate Non-Degree Seeking/Coursework Only and from the drop down select Lutheran School Ministry Program.

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What is the Lutheran School Ministry program?

The LSM program is a professional development opportunity that:

  • explores the Biblical doctrines taught in Lutheran schools
  • equips teachers to better integrate faith in the Lutheran school classroom
  • identifies the Lutheran ethos and the role of the teacher in a Lutheran church and school
  • examines vocation in a Lutheran setting
Why is this program important?

Currently, half of the teachers in Lutheran schools have not completed theological training. In addition, during the 2016 Regular Convention, the LCMS passed Resolution 8-01 which encourages a continuation and strengthening of a Lutheran ethos for all Lutheran early-childhood, elementary and high schools. The Lutheran School Ministry program satisfies Resolution 8-01 by providing professional development designed to specifically to strengthen the Lutheran ethos in our schools.

Who should complete the program?

This program is for teachers in Lutheran schools who have not completed theological training in LCMS doctrine and may not be eligible or wish to complete the colloquy program.

Does this program replace the Colloquy program?

The Lutheran School Ministry program does not replace Colloquy. The LSM program focuses on practical teachings applicable to everyday Lutheran classrooms. LSM modules are offer realtime, collaborative online dialogue between professors and students. All modules are taught by professional Lutheran educators who are ordained or commissioned ministers. Colloquy, which primarily focuses on Lutheran doctrine, prepares non-synodically trained teachers in Lutheran schools for membership in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The LSM program does not lead to membership on the LCMS roster.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of each module in the program is $600. A discounted price of $2,000 is offered to individuals who complete all four modules and is due at registration.

Are there any benefits for completing the program?

Yes! Along with the professional development, individuals who complete all four modules may transfer the LSM program for SOC 565 in Concordia’s M.Ed. programs.

How is the LSM program different from other programs intended to strengthen the ethos of Lutheran schools?

The LSM uses an online, 8-week format to provide meaningful dialog, activities and investigations into key areas of Lutheran schools. Participants are able to interact with instructors in the online classroom. The instructors are experts in their field and have a strong passion for supporting teachers in Lutheran schools.