Director of Christian Education (DCE)

Christian Educational Leadership Major

Those in the Director of Christian Education program are lifespan educational leaders prepared for team ministry in a congregational setting. 

All those in the DCE program complete the Christian educational leadership major on the way to being called and commissioned by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The Christian educational leadership major may also be completed by others who intend to serve in non-LCMS denominations.

Concordia is an established leader and innovator in the preparation in the field and offers several emphases for deeper study: outreach, pre-seminary, parish music, family life, child ministries, youth ministries and adult ministries.

Learn more about the DCE progam and CEL major at Concordia.

  • Posted by Concordia University Nebraska DCE Program · 2 days ago

    Last night was the first of five on campus seminars designed to help church work students (CUNE has the largest percentage of the student body pursuing church careers of any of the Concordia system schools) to better manage difficult issues in their future careers. The seminars are called "Church Work Challenges" and are chosen, planned and led by the students in the DCE Practicum class. Over 60 attended the last night's seminar on LGBTQ issues and the church.

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  • Posted by Concordia University Nebraska DCE Program · 8 days ago

    We are pleased to announce that DCE Sue Steege will be awarded the Master Educator Award at CUNE this May. Sue is an alum and has served her church and her Lord for many years as a DCE in Tonawanda, New York. She is pictured below with Rebekah Freed, one of her team mates at First Trinity in Tonawanda (also a CUNE grad). Sue has also served as a university supervisor for our DCE interns.

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  • Posted by Concordia University Nebraska DCE Program · 22 days ago

    We just finished our annual Mid-Year Conference for our 2014-15 interns. They came in from all over the country for three days or meetings, reflection and fellowship. Now they're heading back to their churches to finish up their internships. Meanwhile, Tim Rippstein has started his site visits to prepare to place the 2015-16 interns. It is a wonderful thing to experience every year!

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  • Posted by Concordia University Nebraska DCE Program · 1 months ago

    Seventeen students in CEL 329 - DCE Ministries II: The Emerging DCE - just returned from a weekend seminar with Prof. Tim Rippstein. The seminar constitutes the face-to-face component of this hybrid course, the students will complete the remainder of the class via an online format.

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  • Posted by Concordia University Nebraska DCE Program · 1 months ago

    Everyone is back from the 2015 NADCE conference in Dallas. It was a GREAT opportunity to connect with our MANY great alum who are out there leading education in churches around the country. A fun reception on Thursday evening provided lots of opportunities to reconnect.

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  • Posted by Concordia University Nebraska DCE Program · 1 months ago

    First day of the Spring 2015 semester. Lots to do before May comes along...especially for the 19 students who will start their internships this summer!

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  • Posted by Concordia University Nebraska DCE Program · 2 months ago

    CUNE DCE alum attending "Collaborate' in Dallas, We're looking forward to seeing many alum at the upcoming NADCE conference in Dallas. In order to facilitate the embellishment of stories from days of yore back on the plains of Nebraska, we will host a reception for CUNE alum on Thursday, January 8th from 8-10 p.m. in LOCAL Texas Tap and Kitchen located in the hotel. We will be meeting in the lower level of the restaurant for some light hors d’oeuvres. The space also has pool tables, foosball, and a shuffleboard table – so you’ll all feel as if you are back in Seward at the game room - without the bowling lanes (yes, the game room on campus used to have bowling lanes). We're looking forward to seeing all of you and catching up on your ministry experiences. BTW – special thanks to Kim (Mueller) Austin for scouting out the site for the reception!

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  • Posted by Concordia University Nebraska DCE Program · 4 months ago

    The 2014-15 DCE Practicum class just launched LifeTree Cafe for Concordia students. The first event was held in a local pub in downtown Seward.

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  • Posted by Concordia University Nebraska DCE Program · 4 months ago

    The Institute for Religious Education (IRE) here at Concordia has just completed a major study of the LCMS. The study sought to determine if congregational educational practices correlated with any congregational characteristics. The study found high correlations between effective educational practices and positive congregational characteristics. Much will be written on the study in the future, but special thanks go out to the Office of National Mission for the LCMS and to the Office of Roster and Statistics - specifically Bart Day, Gene Weeke and Ryan Curnutt.

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  • Posted by Concordia University Nebraska DCE Program · 5 months ago

    The annual DCE Picnic at the Blanke home - planned and led by the DCE Practicum class. About 60 in attendance. "Walking tacos" was the menu item and the Practicum class led the group through a sample Lifetree Café learning experience in preparation of their launch of the program for the whole campus in October.

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  • Posted by Concordia University Nebraska DCE Program · 5 months ago

    Today is the day that the 2014-15 Practicum class finds out where they will be serving for the year (upper level DCE students are required to work 4-5 hours per week at a local church for a year). It starts with the "line-up" and ends with some time discussing with their new practicum supervisors. Special thanks to the ten churches that will be helping with the important task of educating future DCEs!

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