You are here: Home / Graduate Studies & Continuing Ed / Certificates & Licensure / WELS Staff Ministry Certification

WELS Staff Ministry Certification

Worship coordinator . . . Sunday school director . . . church administrator . . . youth leader: When a congregation or para-church organization has a need for a specific type of ministry that doesn’t include preaching, it may decide to fill that need by calling a staff minister.

At Martin Luther College, the WELS College of Ministry, we can prepare you for staff ministry in one of the 1200+ churches of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. We will give you the basic theological training and the practical skills you need to develop and use the unique ministry gifts God has given you.  Specifically, we’ll train you to serve in youth work, evangelism, family ministry, visitation, administration, and Christian education.

Who may be admitted:

• Those who already hold a bachelor degree

• Older and second career students

• Called parish staff ministers

• Called non-parish staff ministers

• Colloquy candidates

Pursuing the program:

•It is preferable that as much course work as possible be taken on the MLC campus.

•Courses for certification credit may be taken through the MLC continuing education office.

•Credit for certification may be earned through Directed
Study and Independent Study, and for Validated Learning

•Certification requirements must be completed within
eight years after acceptance into the program or
acceptance of a provisional call, whichever is first.

•Those who are currently called will maintain their provisional certification by completing a minimum of one three credit course per year.

•Neither acceptance into a certification program nor successful completion of the requirements assures one
of a call into a staff ministry position.

If you opt for the staff ministry program, you’ll be choosing not just a profession, but a profession of faith; not just a job, but a ministry, a calling, and a way of life.

  Dr. Lawrence Olson

  Director, Staff Ministry Program
  Phone: 507-354-8221 ext. 252

Staff Ministry Certification Guidelines and Application 

Staff Ministry Course Descriptions

Staff Ministry and Theology Courses Long-Term Calendar

Questions and Answers about Staff Ministry

Application for the Staff Ministry Certification Program

Staff Ministry Courses for Summer 2015