Colloquy Program

The Concordia online Colloquy Program provides the education needed to be eligible for a Call in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). The Concordia University Education Network (CUEnet) offers this on-line program. The Colloquy program prepares the Lutheran school teacher to carry the Lord's name and His teachings with faithfulness to the children and their families. Please use the links below to find detailed information about the program.

Colloquy Eligibility Information

There are two levels of participation in the teacher colloquy program. Most participants will be teachers employed by Missouri Synod schools, will be members of Missouri Synod congregations, but will not have had previous opportunity to receive formal training in Lutheran doctrine and therefore are not certified and have not been rostered by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as Ministers of Religion, Commissioned. The colloquy program is designed to address the needs of these traditional participants.

Many other teachers and school administrators may also participate in and benefit from the program. For example, the Lutheran who is a public school teacher, the Methodist who teaches at a Lutheran school, indeed any teacher at all, will benefit from the theological insights and discussions of doctrine which comprise the program. It must be understood, however, that these participants are not eligible for certification and rostering with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as Ministers of Religion, Commissioned.

A student must meet the following requirements to be considered eligible for the colloquy program for the purposes of certification (as specified by the by-laws of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and interpreted by the Synod's Committee on Colloquy):

  1. The student must be a communicant member in good standing of a congregation of the Synod for a least the past two years. (prior to the final interview)
  2. The student must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  3. The student must be eligible for teacher licensure.
  4. The student must complete one year (or two years part-time) of successful teaching in a school recognized by the Synod or demonstrate successful completion of student teaching in a Lutheran School under the supervision of a Concordia college or university offering a bachelor's degree in teacher education. This service must be completed before the final interview.

Website for Colloquy Program

Application for Colloquy

CID Tuition Assistance Program

The LCMS Central Illinois District (CID) has a Colloquy tuition assistance program for students that are seeking placement on the Ministers of Religion, Commissioned of the LCMS. If funds are available, we will reimburse 50% of the tuition cost for each required class in the Colloquy program. After each class the student should submit to the District office their letter of completion and proof of tuition payment. The District's policy is to not reimburse for classes at the end of the program, but after each individual course. For more information on the CID's Tuition Assistance program please contact the District Office.