Church Service Vocations

The Choice is Yours

Think of your choices. They are endless. Really. We are here to help you explore your choices. At Concordia, you have the following selections in Church Service Vocation specializations.

Lutheran Teacher Diploma

Concordia’s teacher education programs include a foundation in liberal arts and a core of education courses. In addition to selecting Early Childhood, Childhood, or Middle Childhood Generalist, you may choose to enter the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teaching ministry serving as a commissioned minister of education and Christian leader dedicated to the exciting and enriching experience of leading and developing young minds and personalities. The Lutheran Teacher Diploma is in addition to the requirements for the appropriate New York State teaching certificate. 

The most frequent opportunity for service with the Lutheran Teacher Diploma lies in teaching classes in Lutheran schools. Lutheran teachers, however, have many opportunities to serve today’s youth and the greater church with their unique talents and interests—coordinating youth programs, coaching athletics teams, and taking on administrative roles.


Deaconesses are Christian women who share their unique talents with the greater church. Deaconesses serve in hospitals, churches, social service agencies, college campuses, urban areas, and foreign mission fields teaching God's Word, serving as administrators and leaders, or providing spiritual care or social services.

Concordia’s Pre-Deaconess program provides theological, vocational, and practical foundations for women who wish to pursue graduate studies as Deaconesses in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The Pre-Deaconess coursework prepares you to enter a graduate program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, or Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN.


Service to God's people as a pastor or missionary is a high calling. As Martin Luther said of the Holy Ministry, “If we seek first the glory of God through the ministry of the Word, our glory, too, will surely follow, according to the Word: ‘Them that honor Me, I will honor.’”  Since the Reformer’s day, Lutherans the world over have recognized the great need for ministry and the necessary preparation for it—so that we can give God the glory in a way informed by the Bible and the teachings of the Church. Join us for this great venture!

By studying theology at Concordia–New York, you prepare for the Master of Divinity program at one of the various seminaries across the country. In anticipation of this challenging and rewarding graduate study, Pre-Seminary studies include the Biblical languages, the history of the Church and thought, other world views, and preparation of significant research papers on topics of interest.

Additionally, Pre-Seminary students regularly participate in retreats conducted by ordained faculty members and other area Lutheran clergy. You will have the opportunity to explore and deepen your commitment to ministry by providing leadership in the spiritual life on campus. A select number of students live and study overseas at Westfield House in Cambridge, England. Westfield, the seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England, is a well-respected international school of Lutheran theology with special Cambridge University status.