Director of Church Ministries - Bachelor of Arts (M)

Director of Church Ministries Program

This program equips men and women to serve as a Director of Church Ministries (DCM) in congregations where the church worker solicits, trains and deploys lay people within the congregation to serve in a variety of service capacities. The Director of Church Ministries Program requires a theology major and two minors; the first a minor in church ministries and the second a minor in non-profit management. Within the church ministries minor the student chooses to specialize in one out of five possible ministry areas: evangelism, missions, parish teaching, youth ministry, and pre-deaconess/social ministry (for women who intend to enroll in the deaconess programs at either of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod seminaries). By careful use of electives students can add a second specialization.

Because of the nature of this work all Director of Church Ministries students must demonstrate good human relations skills and a life of Christian example. Graduates may be solemnly called to positions in congregations or recognized service organizations of the church, and may be eligible to be rostered in The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod with the designation “Minister of Religion Commissioned – Director of Church Ministries (DCM).” Concordia University Wisconsin is the only synod school at which this program is offered. Application involves steps in addition to application to the university. Applicants for the Director of Church Ministries Program should contact the Church Ministries office for application information. 

Core Requirements 145
Theology Major (see Theology for major requirements)30
Church Ministries Minor23
Non-Profit Management Minor (see Business for minor requirements)18
Electives10
Total Hours126

Church Ministries Minor

Required Courses
COMM 201Interpersonal Communication3
HHP 209First Aid and CPR2
REL 233Communicating Bible Messages3
REL XXX Theology Elective I3
REL XXX Theology Elective II3
Specialization (see program director for details)
Specialization Course I3
Specialization Course II3
Specialization Course III3
Total Hours23

Note: See Theology for theology major requirements and see Business for non-profit minor requirements