Church Work Preparation

At Concordia, we equip students to serve as the hands and feet of Christ and be His witnesses through our church work programs. Whether you want to be a Lutheran educator or Director of Christian Education or a pastor, deaconess or parish musician, you’ll be prepared to share the love of Jesus around the world.

Church work at Concordia Nebraska

100% geographically mobile church workers obtained positions in three months


Pre-seminary and pre-deaconess students major in any program the university offers— history, education, math, art, music, business, to name a few. You'll add language, philosophy and public speaking classes that will give you a solid, well-rounded education before moving on to the seminary.

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Directors of Christian Education help guide and educate God’s people in every stage of their lives. Your academic experience will involve ministry-focused classes, along with classes required to earn a bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, behavioral science or theology to equip you for all aspects of your leadership role in the church. You will also gain experience as a DCE in the field as an intern.


You can combine your passion for your faith with a goal of positively impacting children by pursuing Concordia’s teacher education program. Early childhood, elementary, middle and secondary levels are available, along with English as a Second Language/English Language Learners and special education programs. Concordia Nebraska places the most graduates in Lutheran schools each year.

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Under the guidance of published composers, experienced church musicians and award-winning faculty, you’ll be equipped to lead through musical praise. Concordia Nebraska has the largest music program among the Concordia University System schools and features a state-of-the-art music technology lab, a 38-rank Casavant Frères organ, a Steinway concert grand piano, 12 other organs, 33 pianos, 27 practice rooms and a recently renovated recital hall.

Our Church Work Students' Impact on the LCMS

We develop more professionals who provide service to the church through their church work careers than any other Concordia. 28% of current LCMS Church Workers were trained at Concordia University, Nebraska.

Fulfill Your Calling: #GoHigher

Jonathan wants to serve and help people, and for him, the best way to do that is by becoming a pastor.

Church Work Academic Programs