Building on the Chosen and Precious Cornerstone, Jesus Christ


At Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana, the formation of each church worker integrates knowledge gained from the classroom with group study and mentoring, as well as practical experience. It involves every aspect of the student’s life—that of thought, word and deed.

“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.’”
—1 Peter 2:4-6 (ESV)


“Theological education at CTSFW is an integrated life. A curriculum is more than a collection of academic courses. It has its center in the crucified, risen and ascended Christ who has taken away our sins and remains really present with us through Word and Sacrament. Theology, then, and by extension CTSFW’s curriculum, seamlessly joins the highest level of academic preparation with pastoral, diaconal and lay formation.
—The Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr.
CTSFW President


“We give thanks for the faithful men and women who are being formed for service as pastors and deaconesses and will soon go out to serve as vicars, interns, deaconesses and pastors. “We are also most grateful for the many congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod that have requested and will be receiving new church workers. This partnership between CTSFW and congregations helps ensure that the life-saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ will continue to be shared throughout the world.”
—The Rev. Prof. Jeffrey Pulse
CTSFW Director of Certification and Placement

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”
—Ephesians 2:19-23 (ESV)

The Church looks to the Seminary for its pastors, deaconesses and called workers. Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, is forming students on the foundation of the Old and New Testaments, with Jesus Christ centered as the focal point of the Scriptures. The entire Church is blessed by your investment in future pastors and deaconesses who will teach, reach and care. PLEASE PARTNER WITH US BY SENDING YOUR GIFT TODAY.

“And I have put my words in your mouth and covered you in the shadow of my hand, establishing the heavens and laying the foundations of the earth, and saying to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”
—Isaiah 51:16 (ESV)