Lutheran Visitation Education Program Summary

LCMS Specialized Spiritual Care Ministry

What It Is:

The Lutheran Visitation Education program equips three to six professional church workers in each session with enhanced skills for visitation, integrating helpful caring techniques with the historic Lutheran approach to spiritual care.


Who It’s For:

This program is open to all rostered LCMS church workers.



  • Candidate is a rostered LCMS church worker
  • Completed admission packet (including interview with instructor)
  • Desire to learn and grow in the art of spiritual care
  • Commitment to complete the entire program (100 hours of instruction, 300 hours of practical ministry experience)


Where You Serve:

  • Candidates will complete their 300 hours of practical ministry experience in the location that they are presently serving (i.e. parish pastor, deaconess, hospital chaplain, etc.).


What You Need to Complete the Program:

  • The program will be administered online, with one in-person meeting in St. Louis. A reliable internet connection will be needed to attend program sessions on Zoom.


Required Hours:

  • This will be a 20-week program.
  • A total of 400 hours is required; 100 hours will be educational and the remaining 300 hours will be dedicated to gaining practical ministry experience. Students will be expected to spend at least five hours per week on educational training.



  • The cost to participate in the program will be $500 per student.
  • Tuition will help cover the costs outlined in the program and will also help support other program initiatives from LCMS Specialized Spiritual Care.



Contact LCMS Specialized Spiritual Care Ministry for more information.


How to Apply

  1. Step 1 — Download the personal data fillable PDF form
  2. Step 2 — Download the essay questions
  3. Step 3 — Email both documents to

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