Director of Church Ministries Minor for Social Work Majors (M)

Students who fulfill a major in a field compatible with church ministries, such as social work, and who wish to be certified through The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod may be certified after completing the Church Ministries Minor for Related Majors.  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.

Because of the nature of this work all 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 Church Ministries Minor should contact the Church Ministries office for application information.

Minor Requirements

Required Core Courses
Old Testament
Biblical Theology
REL XXX
Theology Elective
Required Courses
REL 203New Testament3
REL 312Office Professional Chrch Work3
REL 404Lutheran Confessions3
SW 327Field Ed I (3 credits of which double as a requirement for Director of Church Ministries Minor)3
Minor Courses
REL 229Rel Educ-Youth & Adults3
or REL 227 Youth Ministry I
Select one of the following:3
Faith and Culture
Religion in America Today
World Religions
REL 311Church in Mission (or REL XXX - any mission or evangelism)3
REL XXX (any upper level Bible course)3
Total Hours24