Thinking of becoming a church worker or Pastor?
- talk to your pastor or another church worker
- Pray about it. Ask God to help you discern His will for your life.
- Find out more about the church-worker programs offered by the CUS
- Attend a visit day at Concordia University campus or one of the seminaries.
Who are church workers?
Pastors, teachers, deaconesses, parish music directors and other church workers serve the Church in its vital ministries.
Become a church worker
There are two paths to becoming a *commissioned or *ordained *rostered worker:
1. Graduate from one of the church-worker training programs through the Concordia University System (CUS) or an LCMS seminary.
2. Complete the *colloquy process.
What do church workers do? How do they serve? More >
Commissioned ministry colloquy programs prepare men and women who are currently serving in ministry roles for membership in the Synod.
a) Colloquy programs ensure that those who seek to join the Synod have been educated in theology, have become oriented to service to the Synod, and have demonstrated the spiritual and professional attributes that the Synod expects of its members.
b) Qualified applicants are those who are competent works in the field for which they seek colloquy. More >
An LCMS rostered worker is a member of the Synod and, among other things, accepts without reservation:
a) The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as written Word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and of practice;
b) All Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as true and unadulterated statement and exposition of the Word of God, to wit: the three Ecumenical Creeds, (the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed), the Unaltered Augsburg Confession…the Large Catechism of Luther, the Small Catechism of Luther and the Formula of Concord (LCMS Handbook: Article II).
A called, rostered worker, not a pastor.
A called, rostered pastor.