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Seminary holds visitation events for prospective students

High school, college students, others considering a second career invited

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis has scheduled a variety of on-campus visitation events for prospective students for the 2018-19 academic year.

All events are aimed at providing a preview of the Seminary’s ministerial formation experience as students prepare for pastoral and diaconal ministry. There is something for everyone – including events for prospective students who are in high school or college, as well as for those who are considering ministry as a second career.

“Formation for ministry happens in community,” said Rev. Bill Wrede, the Seminary’s director of Ministerial Recruitment and Admissions. “Participants have an opportunity to experience life on campus, hear from others who’ve made this journey and consider a full-time vocation in the church.”

Upcoming visitation events include:

Contemplate (Oct. 4-6, 2018; Feb. 28-March 2, 2019): For college students and second-career men and women, this three-day visit offers an in-depth view of the preparation that leads to service as a pastor or deaconess. The event is free.


Green & Gold Days (Nov. 2, 2018; Feb. 8 and April 12, 2019): For college students and second-career men and women, Green & Gold Days is an opportunity to spend a day on campus and see what the Seminary has to offer. The day includes meeting with current students and professors, attending classes and chapel, and ending the day with dinner and discussion. The event is free.


Taste of the Sem (Feb. 16-18, 2019): For high school men, this is the chance to spend a weekend on campus diving into Lutheran theology, prayer and worship. Participants can talk with current students and professors. Because preparation extends beyond the classroom, participants accompany their mentors Sunday to the church the mentor serves. The event is free.


Vocatio (June 22-27, 2019): For high school men and women, this weeklong retreat explores God’s calling and direction. Included are Bible study, worship, vocation discussion, a servant event and some St. Louis fun. A Concordia University System college fair also is scheduled. Registration is $150, but travel assistance is available upon request.


Next Steps (July 26-27, 2019): For prospective students who are married and their spouse and children, this two-day event provides participants an opportunity to connect with the Concordia Seminary community. From visiting the campus to experiencing life with Seminary families, participants learn about transitioning to life at the Seminary from those who already have taken this step. The event is free.


To learn more about Seminary’s visitation events, call 800-822-9545, email or visit

About Concordia Seminary
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit