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The Center for Leadership and Service



Advancing the formation of pastors and Christian faith leaders for ministries of Word and witness


A 5-year Dual Degree Program

  • A rigorous, non-traditional cohort-based, 5-year accelerated dual degree program in Theology (B.A.) and Business Leadership (M.S.)
  • One-on-one mentoring from pastors and Christian faith leaders
  • Two 135-hour field work studies
  • A 270-hour professional internship
  • Weekly seminars with Center for Leadership and Service cohort  

To apply to The Center for Leadership and Service, a student must be an admitted Concordia College New York student majoring in Theology with the intent to pursue a Master of Science in Business Leadership at Concordia College New York. The following materials must be submitted:
•    Center for Leadership and Service application and application essays
•    Four references, including a reference from your pastor
•    Copies of official transcripts and standardized test scores
•    A sample of work (academic, creative or service) that shows you at your best; pick something you are proud of!





Enrolled students are required to
•    Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA
•    Be an active member of a church throughout their formation process
•    Embody the mission, vision and values of the Center for Leadership and Service and Concordia College New York
•    Successfully complete field work and internship assignments
•    Meet regularly (once a month) with their mentor and the Director of the Center for Leadership and Service to discuss personal goals, achievements and growing edges
•    Submit quarterly progress reports to the Director of the Center for Leadership and Service
•    Attend Center for Leadership and Service seminars with their cohort
•    Plan and lead Morning Reflection once a semester (Fall and Spring)
•    Be an active member of Concordia’s spiritual life community


Concordia College New York’s Center for Leadership and Service reinforces the formation of identity, leadership, integrity and collaboration, to form pastors and Christian leaders for ministries of Word and witness so that the whole people of God experience the grace of the Gospel.  



We are anchored in a living Lutheran heritage as we strive to follow Jesus Christ. We express this identity with an ethics-infused curriculum and a faith-informed community life.
We reinforce the formation of identity, leadership, integrity, and collaboration so that students, faculty, staff, and alumni may realize God’s calling in every life they touch.
We stand in solidarity with the whole people of God, for in ministry we receive more than we give, learn more than we teach and see the face of God in every person we serve.
We believe that all are created in the image of God. Living through the example of Jesus, we are called to advocate for individuals living on the margins, expose economic and social injustice and oppression, and recall the Church to do the same.



Concordia College New York traces its history to Concordia Progymnasium, founded in 1881 to train young men for pastoral ministry in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Today at Concordia College New York, students of diverse backgrounds, life experiences, ages and ethnicities engage with ethics-infused programs designed for meaningful careers and lives of passion, purpose and service. A faith-informed community life, personalized holistic support, and opportunities for leadership, collaboration and service are hallmarks of the student experience.   

On its historic Bronxville campus and at off-site instructional locations, Concordia College celebrates diversity: of background, interests and life paths. Concordia offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, accelerated and pathway programs, including the innovative two-year Impact U program for students with intellectual disabilities. Concordia’s nursing program is among the top five in New York State for first-time NCLEX pass rates. With selective honors admission, Concordia’s Fellows have opportunities for deeper study and expression, and scholarships up to full tuition. Over 90% of Concordia students receive financial aid, and about a third are the first in their families to attend college. Accelerated degree programs serve busy adults with careers and families, and a growing number of students are veterans. Concordia Clipper teams compete in twelve NCAA Division II sports. Concordia Conservatory is a preeminent center for music education in Westchester and Fairfield counties. The Hoch Chamber Series presents top artists from the worlds of Broadway, jazz, and classical music. The OSilas Gallery mounts three major art exhibitions each year. The Sluberski Film Series, Jacobson Lecture Series, Business Breakfast, Books & Coffee, Dialogues on the Quad and other events engage students and the community with intellectual and artistic experiences. In 2019, Concordia was named to Money Magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money list. The 2020 US News Best Colleges rankings named Concordia a Top Performer on Social Mobility for its success in graduating economically disadvantaged students.

Concordia’s lush, beautiful, 33-acre residential campus in Bronxville is set amidst tranquil and affluent villages in Westchester County. The century-old campus features nearly 30 buildings, with classic collegiate original structures that share an architect with buildings on Ellis Island. Students can walk to commuter train stations in Bronxville or Tuckahoe and arrive at Grand Central Station midtown Manhattan in about 35 minutes. Concordia College New York is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College is led by its ninth president, Rev. Dr. John A. Nunes, who took office on July 1, 2016.