Leading God’s people: A shepherd to the sheep

The Lord asked, "Who will go for us?" and Isaiah answered, "Here am I! Send me!" Do you hope to answer the call to become a pastor? The Church needs loving and grounded shepherds to lead believers while here on earth. Our goal is to provide you with a foundational understanding of the doctrine and teaching of the Holy Christian Church as you explore the decision to pursue seminary training.

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Program Overview

If you intend to pursue a Master of Divinity at seminary, applied theology provides you with a basic overview of the Scriptures and Lutheran doctrine. Concordia’s curriculum teaches Lutheran doctrine and our school is affiliated with The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. All students who desire to prepare for the pastoral office (regardless of denominational affiliation) are welcome. Our theology faculty is made up of pastors dedicated to guiding, challenging, and encouraging you as you work toward completion of this program.

Studies conclude with a senior seminar experience, which equips students for graduate studies and allows them to research and present on as specific topic of interest.

Read more about CUAA's Pre-Seminary program here.

What to Expect


You will study the background and teaching of the Lutheran Church as confessed in the Book of Concord and will be grounded in the Lutheran ethos, identity, and ethic. Although not required, you are encouraged to double major in theological languages alongside the applied theology major. This program provides a solid base for further theological training, rooted in Lutheran Doctrine, and will prepare those called to be a pastor.

This program does not train you to be a pastor.

For the sake of clarity it is worth noting that while this program provides a solid  theological foundation, the completion of your pastoral training takes place at the seminary. Those who earn a 3.0 GPA will meet the academic requirement of the seminary of their choice.

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