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Seminary holds visitation events for prospective students

Those in high school, college or considering a second career invited

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis has scheduled on-campus visitation opportunities for prospective students for the 2019-20 academic year. All events are aimed at providing a preview of the Seminary’s ministerial formation experience.

“This past year, one of our guests commented, ‘This makes it real!’ after arriving on campus, talking to people and worshiping in chapel,” said Rev. Bill Wrede, the Seminary’s director of Ministerial Recruitment and Admissions. “He shared how his visit to campus helped him understand firsthand what the Seminary is all about.”

The Seminary’s annual admissions events give participants valuable information about formation for pastoral and diaconal ministry, as well as financial aid and housing. There is something for everyone – including events for prospective students who are in high school or college, and for those who are considering ministry as a second career.

The 2019-20 visitation events schedule is as follows:

Contemplate (Oct. 3-5, 2019 and March 5-7, 2020): 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. Highlights include worship in chapel, classroom visits, student panel discussion, and presentations on the academic program, financial aid, housing and more. This event is free. Register at

Green & Gold Days (Nov. 15, 2019; Feb. 7, April 17, 2020): For college students and second-career men and women, Green & Gold Days are an opportunities to spend a day on campus and see what the Seminary has to offer. Each Green & Gold Day includes meeting with current students and professors, attending classes and chapel, and ending the day with dinner and discussion. The event is free. Register at

Taste of the Sem (Feb. 15-17, 2020): For high school men, this weekend visit provides the opportunity to dive into Lutheran theology, prayer and worship. Participants will visit with current students and professors. They also will accompany their mentors to church on Sunday to see firsthand how seminarians learn by serving in local congregations as part of their formation for ministry. The event is free. Register at

Vocatio (June 20-25, 2020): 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. Register at

Next Steps (July 10-11, 2020): For prospective students who are married and their immediate families, 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. Register at

To learn more about the 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