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Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the website of the College of Vocation and Ministry.  One of Concordia University, Saint Paul's four academic colleges, CVM began in 2002 as a way of more intentionally and effectively serving the students and constituencies of the university.

Each member of the faculty and staff of CVM enthusiastically endorses the university's mission statement:  "The mission of Concordia University, a university of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is to prepare students for thoughtful and informed living, for dedicated service to God and humanity, for enlightened care of God's creation, all within the context of the Christian Gospel."  I repeat that mission statement here in its entirety because both its specific clauses and its total import together shape and inform the work that CVM aspires to do.  In other words, the Christian Gospel provides the biblical foundation from which we begin and to which we return; and the other clauses summarize our theologically informed tasks and express the kinds of activities to which our teaching, study, and service are devoted.

CVM is an academic unit, and as such it is committed to academic excellence.  All students in traditional programs are required to take at least seven credits in theology, and the classes meeting this university requirement have been crafted by the department of religion and theology to meet the needs and acknowledge the interests of students in the twenty-first century.

As always, under the supervision of the department of Christian ministries, CVM continues to devote great energy to our traditional task of providing academic and formational preparation for students pursuing one of the professional, rostered ministries of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  These programs include Lutheran classroom teacher, Director of Christian Education, Director of Christian Outreach, and Director of Parish Music.  In addition, Concordia provides the undergraduate preparation for pre-seminary students who aspire to eventual service as a pastor or a deaconess.  Also, we know that costs are a significant factor as students assess their options in higher education.  To that end, Concordia's financial aid office has consistently provided very generous assistance to students enrolled in one of these programs.  Finally, for those already working in ministerial capacities in synodical congregations, colloquy certification is an important dimension of CVM's service to the church at large.

Along with these academic programs and our formational work with and for our students, the men and women comprising CVM's faculty and staff play active roles in their congregations, the church at large, the academy, and the community.  For us these are not compartments of our work, but arenas of service, each one being enriched by and complementing the others.

Thanks again for visiting this site.  If you have any questions about this college or its programs, I invite and encourage you to contact me.

Sincerely in Christ,

David A. Lumpp
Dean, College of Vocation and Ministry