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

Yes, there is immense joy in service as a pastor, but you most likely already recognize the weight of such a vocation. This undertaking requires prayerful consideration and an awareness of your own weaknesses and abilities. If you intend to pursue a Master of Divinity at seminary, this major provides you with a basic overview of the Scriptures, Lutheran doctrine, and the biblical languages Hebrew and Greek. While our 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 God’s calling in your life.

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

Because this is an overview program, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a wide range of areas within the faith. You are going to 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. To prepare for reading and teaching Scripture, you will begin to learn Hebrew and Greek, the original languages of the Old and New Testaments. Although not required, you are encouraged to double major in Theological Languages alongside the Applied Theology major.

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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