Professional Church Work Programs
Greetings from Concordia University! Welcome to the Professional Church Work Programs web pages. Here, you will find specific information on the programs and opportunities provided by the Department of Christian Ministries.
If you are a prospective student, browse the links at left to learn more about our Lutheran Teacher, Director of Christian Education, and Pastoral Studies programs.
If you are a current church worker, browse the links at left to learn more about our Lux Christi Award and recommending a student to us for our ministry programs.
If you are a congregation, browse the links at left to learn more about hosting a DCE Intern or extending a Call to a Lutheran Teacher or DCE candidate.
As a student, you may be wondering if profession church work is right for you. Explore some of the questions below that we often hear:
I don't feel like I am good enough as a person to be a church worker.
None of us are good enough on our own. All church workers are sinners. God has used sinful people for thousands of years to accomplish great things. We are "good enough" through the forgiveness offered to each of us through the redemptive works of Jesus Christ. We aren't perfect but we are forgiven. We serve in thanksgiving and love.
Church work doesn't seem to be that exciting and I've heard it doesn't pay well either.
Thousands of professional church workers live comfortably, support families, and find fulfillment in ministry. Read Ecclesiastes. All the money, wisdom, and comforts of the world fail to bring happiness. What does bring happiness is a life of purpose and being used as God's tool to make a difference in the lives of others. Now that's exciting.
I keep praying, but I'm really not sure God is telling me to become a Professional Church Worker.
If you are not sure that God is telling you to go into church work, you probably are not sure that He's telling you not to. We all would like a lightning bolt revelation from God telling us what to do. Try this! If you pray and you can't honestly say that God is leading you to do something else, you really must at least consider working for Him. In addition, seek wise counsel. Has your pastor or DCE mentioned your fit for ministry? Ultimately, remain in the Word and in prayer.
I just don't know how good I would be at church work.
It's not how good you are that matters, it's how good Jesus is!! At Concordia, you will learn from experienced teachers, DCEs, and pastors. Classes will equip you for success. Ultimately, we all depend on God and the power of the Holy Spirit for guidance.
What are the benefits of studying to become a DCE, Lutheran Teacher, or Pastor on a campus like Concordia University Portland?
You will enroll on a campus of fellow Christians, be loved and supported by them, be surrounded by fellow believers, and have the opportunity to study scripture and grow closer to your Lord while you prepare for a meaningful and exciting career. At the same time, students are a diverse population studying in a vibrant city offering exposure to countless cultures, making it a truly unique educational experience.
I still have questions, who do I talk to?
Talk to your parents, your pastor or DCE, or call Concordia University to talk with Dean Hansen or Sarah Elliott in the Christian Ministry department. Above all, talk to God!
May God bless you in your anticipated and/or continued ministry, serving Him always, in all ways!
Assistant Director of Christian Ministries
Director of Christian Ministries