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Continuing Education

Foundations of Lutheran Teaching

Launching fall of 2024, this online cohort style course will help school staff build confidence in the foundations of lutheran theology and teaching styles.

Making Jesus Real


This course serves as a modified version of the Early Childhood Curriculum for Lutheran Teachers which grew out of needs expressed by congregations of the Pacific Southwest District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to inform and acculturate early childhood teachers with answers to the following questions: What is a Lutheran school, specifically, early childhood center? How are Lutheran schools unique? What do Lutherans believe? What is the heritage of the Lutheran schools? What are the characteristics of the Lutheran teacher?  With the goal of training and equipping early childhood educators for careers in Lutheran early childhood centers this course will focus on the following critical areas:  1) Lutheran thought and teaching (theology); 2) Nurturing the faith (faith development); 3) A distinctively Lutheran education (history of Lutheran education); 4) Methods and materials for teaching the faith to the young child.  We pray that our new version will accomplish these goals in a way that is accessible, attractive, affordable, applicable and authentic. 

Administrators, if you would like to lead your staff through the full series of sessions as a day long staff retreat we have created this guide to help you plan out that day.  We do pray this is a useful tool! 

School Leadership Development (SLED)


Since 1996, The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod has conducted School Leadership Recruitment and Training processes through the School Leadership Development Project (SLED). Its purpose is “To identify and recruit thirty leadership participants serving in Lutheran schools and train them through two national SLED events conducted by LCMS School Ministry.” As a result, nearly 400 potential administrative candidates have been prepared for leadership in Lutheran schools.


Training God's people to actively and confidently participate in God's mission through online training opportunities. Want to grow in serving your church and community? Check out Mission Training Center. Through our online platform and network of LCMS instructors you will grow in knowing what you believe and why you believe it, as well as develop a wide variety of skills to enhance your service to your church and witness in your community.


LCMS Seminaries

Concordia Seminary – St. Louis, Missouri

801 Seminary Place

St. Louis, MO 63105

Phone: (314) 505-7000



Concordia Theological Seminary – Ft. Wayne, Indiana

6600 North Clinton Street

Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Phone: (260) 452-2100



LCMS Universities

Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan

4090 Geddes Road

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Phone: (734) 995-7300


Concordia University, Chicago, Illinois

7400 Augusta St.

River Forest, IL 60305-1499

Phone: (708)771-8300



Concordia University, Irvine, CA

1530 Concordia West

Irvine, CA 92612

Phone: (949)854-8002



Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin

12800 N. Lake Shore Drive

Mequon, WI 53097

Phone: (888) 628-9472



Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota

275 North Syndicate Street

St. Paul, MN 55104

Phone: (800) 333-4705



Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska

800 N. Columbia Avenue

Seward, NE 68434

Phone: (800) 535-5994



Specific Ministry Program (SMP)

The SMP program is designed for congregations who would not normally be able to call a pastor from either the seminary or another congregation, but who have identified someone within their own congregation whom they wish to receive the training necessary in order to serve as their pastor. This program involves a significant distance learning component combined with residence requirements at one of the church’s seminaries. For information regarding the SMP program at each seminary, please see the links below.

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO

Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN

Ethnic Immigrant Institute on Theology (EIIT) & Hispanic Institute of Theology

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, offers two opportunities for those serving in immigrant or Spanish-speaking congregations. For information about these programs please visit the seminary’s website.

EIIT Program

Center for Hispanic Studies

Colloquy Program

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod offers a colloquy program for ordained clergy from other denominations that wish to join and become rostered in the LCMS. This program is also available for other church workers serving in ministry (DCE’s and teachers) but not rostered in the LCMS. For more information, please contact Pres. Michael Lange.

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