What is Vocation?

What would today look like if you dared to show up as your actual self?
Listened deeply to the world around you?
And then connected like it really mattered?
It would look like vocation.

Concordia College is committed to accompanying students during their vocational journey through their undergraduate experience and beyond:  Concordia's commitment is to the student's whole self, for their whole life and to our whole world.

Concordia Values

  • As a residential, liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Concordia recognizes and affirms that intellect and faith are active partners in the pursuit of truth.
  • Students of all cultural backgrounds and religious faiths are welcome.
  • The quest for truth through academic rigor is unwavering.
  • The life of faith and the pursuit of learning occur in dynamic intersection.
  • Students experience a community that is responsibly engaged, challenging, and supportive.
  • Students experience intentional and creative space to explore and discern vocation; that is, calling and life meaning.
  • Students are prepared to lead and to serve compassionately within a global society.

Vocation and Church Leadership serves:

  • To publicly offer voice and witness to the College’s mission and identity.
  • To create and nurture an intentional climate for vocational reflection and discernment, within and beyond the College community.
  • To convene and attend to relationships the College has with ELCA churchwide leadership, ELCA Synod leadership, ELCA congregations, ELCA social ministry organizations, ELCA outdoor ministries, ELCA global mission – including the Young Adults in Global Mission program, ELCA colleges and universities, ELCA seminaries, ELCA ecumenical partners, Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Disaster Response, and all other related partners.
  • To convene and attend to relationships the College has with interfaith or inter-religious partners and neighbors.
  • To create and send forth communication within the Concordia College Corporation and to its voting members.
  • To convene and facilitate the Concordia College Corporation Annual Assembly.
  • To attend to relationship the College has with the Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (CIC - NetVUE).
  • To partner with College administration, faculty, and staff in matters of theological resourcing and public events.
  • To nurture congregational scholarship gifts within the Concordia College Corporation Territory for purpose of student financial assistance.
  • To convene and strategically connect work of the College’s Dovre Center for Faith and Learning, Forum on Faith and Life, Department of Religion’s Faith and Leadership Concentration, Offutt School of Business Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work, Office of Ministry, and Office of Vocation and Church Leadership.

Faith and Leadership

Courses in the faith and leadership concentration prepare you for leadership in faith communities, service organizations, nonprofits, outdoor ministry settings, graduate study in practical theology and more.

The religion major with a faith and leadership concentration is designed to easily pair with other majors or minors, allowing you to anticipate diverse future work settings. A significant number of Concordia graduates seek employment—or volunteer positions—connecting their faith convictions to social needs.

Faith and leadership courses are open to all students regardless of their major. The concentration includes the practicum in faith and leadership, an internship for you to develop practical knowledge, skills and self-understanding in a faith and leadership setting. 

Study Faith and Leadership at Concordia

Concordia College Corporation

Concordia College is owned by the nonprofit Concordia College Corporation, which includes congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in northern and southwestern Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana.

Corporation voting members are responsible for electing members to the Board of Regents and staying informed about the progress, condition and needs of the college.