Programs & Institutes
The following Programs or Institutes are housed at or play a key role at Concordia.
The Center for Hmong Studies seeks to cultivate the past, interpret the present, and enrich the future through research and publication, curriculum and teaching, and conferences.
This is a national organization whose mission is to enable children with special learning needs to receive a Christian education. To carry out this important mission, the ministry provides special education teachers for Christian schools and consulting services to parents, pastors and volunteers who need resources to teach Sunday school, confirmation and vacation Bible school lessons to children with special needs.
The Center for Inclusive Child Care is a comprehensive resource network for promoting and supporting inclusive early childhood and school-age programs and providers. This network provides leadership, administrative support, training, and consultation to early care and education providers, school-age care providers, parents, and the professionals who support providers and parents of children with special needs.
DevelopKids is for adults in the fields of school-age care and youth development. On the website there is information on training, consulting, and resources to adults who serve children and youth during out-of-school time. DevelopKids also provides workshops designed specifically for school-age and youth practitioners.
Founded in 1984, Hoffmann Institute's mission is to prepare students for professional outreach ministries, encourage and develop an active outreach consciousness within the campus community, and raise outreach vision, commitment, involvement, and leadership throughout the church.
Sponsored by the Hoffmann Institute, the Outreach Leadership Institute (OLI) is a training event to better equip individuals involved in or responsible for evangelism and outreach at the congregational level. It is intended to benefit teachers, administrators, DCEs, DCOs, DPMs, pastors, and lay leaders by sharpening their skills in the area of evangelism and outreach while serving in their particular areas of ministry.
This program is for individuals currently employed in Minnesota school districts as educational assistants and teaching assistants who are seeking elementary education teacher licensure. Started in 1998 with a focus on training under-represented populations, today the program continues its mission of preparing all people of color, especially those of Southeast Asian background, for elementary teaching licensure.
The Youth and Family Institute offers new visions and models for ministry with children, youth and their families, trains volunteers and professionals in children's, youth and family ministry and provides consultation and resources to individuals, families and congregations of Christian faith locally, nationally and internationally.