Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Is God Calling You to Be a Pastor?

Dare Something

Our world needs the love of Christ today more than ever. Now is the time to dare something in the name of Christ.

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”

~John 21:17

In these trying days, as the world grows ever more openly hostile to God’s Word of grace and truth, ordained ministers continue to rise up to feed Christ’s sheep, as our Lord commands. To prepare men for an ever-changing world, pastoral students at CTSFW are grounded in the Scriptures and Lutheran Confessions, formed through study, worship, and practical experience in the field. The men in these programs become service-oriented ministers, equipped through fieldwork and vicarage, fed the means of grace at chapel services, and trained both in the classroom and through the theological discussions that occur between classes, professors and students sharpening each other as iron sharpens iron. And through these they are formed; formed into servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost, and care for all.

Who is a Pastor?

Pastors Matter

What does he do? What kinds of people does he work with? How does his work make an eternal difference in the lives of God’s people?

Seminary Matters

There is no better way to be prepared to teach, reach and care for God’s people than by being fully formed through your experience at CTSFW.

Your Ministry Matters

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Now is the time to dare something in the name of Christ.


Community Matters

At CTSFW you will be immersed in community with your brothers and sisters who seek to serve our Lord. From the classroom to the dorm room you will live out the Gospel each and every day together as fellow servants under the Cross.

Being Lutheran Matters

In 1517, a young monk challenged the authority of the Roman Catholic Church on requiring donations for the forgiveness of sins. This dissent gave rise to a renewed understanding of the Gospel as taught by the Scriptures. Today, CTSFW carries on the traditions of the reformers, calling the Church back to its historical confession.

CTSFW Matters

You have options for where you begin your journey. There are a number of reasons that Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne is the best place to be formed for service in our Lord’s Church.

Which Program is Right for Me?

Master of Divinity

If you desire to serve in the pastoral ministry, this is the best place to begin your service.

Alternate Route

If you’ve served for more than 10 years in the church as an elder, teacher or evangelism caller, you may be able to begin your journey to full time ministry through this three-year program.

Specific Ministry Pastor

The SMP Program is intended to equip congregations who need a pastor but are unable to call one through ordinary means. Candidates are chosen by their congregation to receive basic pastoral training to meet a specific local need.

Specific Ministry Pastor-Español/English

The need is growing for pastors in the LCMS who speak Spanish and are equipped to serve in bilingual Español/English congregations.

What’s My Next Step?


The best way to get a sense for how you’ll be formed for ministry at CTSFW is to come visit us!

Admission Info

For more information concerning the SMP Admission Process and the Application File Click Here.

Contact Admissions

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

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International Students

CTSFW has students from all around the world. Find out more about becoming an international student at CTSFW.

Dorm Room Tour

The dorms at CTSFW are where you’ll meet many of your classmates and form friendships that will last throughout a lifetime of ministry.