Pastoral Education

God blesses His church with pastors as gifts. (Eph. 4:10-12)


The shaping of a pastor spiritually, emotionally and intellectually begins long before seminary enrollment, and theological training continues through seminary courses and following ordination.

Pre-Seminary Education

Pre-Seminary Education

Since seminary study is graduate-level, an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university is ordinarily required for admission to either LCMS seminary.

Pre-Seminary Education


Preach the Word

Preach the Word

The Preach the Word program helps pastors improve their preaching through video modules and by interacting with seminary professors and fellow preachers.

Preach the Word

Seminary Education

Seminary Education

God has blessed the LCMS with two excellent seminaries — Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Seminary Education


PALS

PALS: Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support

PALS — Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support — regularly brings together groups of recent LCMS seminary graduates and wives during the first three years of their ministries.

PALS

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

The two LCMS seminaries also provide continuing education and formation for theological scholars who serve in the LCMS and in the church worldwide.

Continuing Education


Advanced Degrees

Advanced Theological Degrees

Both LCMS seminaries offer master’s programs and doctorate degrees, including a Doctor of Ministry, and they are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

Advanced Degrees

Office of Pastoral Education

Rev. Dr. James Baneck,
executive director, Pastoral Education

james.baneck@lcms.org

888-843-5267

Office of Pastoral Education
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
1333 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-7295

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