To learn more about endorsement standards and procedures, call criteria and program guidelines for ministries in chaplaincy, pastoral counseling and clinical education, download the ecclesiastical endorsement manual (PDF).
Applying for endorsement
We encourage you to read the ecclesiastical endorsement manual to determine eligibility requirements for your area of ministry. To apply, please download and complete the ecclesiastical endorsement application packet.
In order to retain one’s ecclesiastical endorsement as a specialized pastoral minister within the LCMS, an annual report is to be submitted to the SPM office by the end of each calendar year. Please download and complete this annual report form.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Specialized Pastoral Ministry
1333 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
Phone: 800-248-1930, Ext. 1388