Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Specific Ministry Pastor

A Specific Need

The Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Program is not for everyone.  In fact, it’s not for most people who want to be pastors.  The SMP Program is designed specifically for congregations who need a pastor but are, for whatever reason, unable to call a pastor through the usual methods.  Instead the congregation raises up a leader from within and partners with their district and CTSFW to provide basic training and mentoring.

SMP situations include:

  • A vacant congregation which cannot afford a full time pastor.
  • An ethnic or immigrant ministry in which a prolonged absence might inhibit a student’s ability to do ministry in that particular community.
  • Other circumstances as determined by your district president.

Your district president is the final arbiter of which situations qualify for SMP and which do not.  To begin the process of becoming a Specific Ministry Pastor, contact your district president.

Program Details


The Essentials of Ministry

In the SMP Program you’ll get the training you need to care for God’s people in your specific ministry context.

Program Structure

Here you’ll find the full list of courses you’ll need to earn your degree. Sample schedules are available.

Admission Information

Learn how to become a student at CTSFW and begin your journey toward a lifetime of caring for God’s people with the love of Christ.

Paying for Seminary

CTSFW offers a variety of ways to help make seminary education affordable.


Take the Next Step


How to Apply

Download a pdf file of the SMP Application by clicking here. Complete the application and submit it to the president’s office of your district.

Contact Us

Do you have questions? Need some help discerning whether ministry is right for you? Contact our Admission team!