Calling a Worker

The Minnesota South District is blessed by the nearly 600 workers—pastors, teachers, DCEs, DCOs, deaconesses, DFLMs, DPMs, and lay ministers—actively serving in our churches, schools, and other ministries. Additionally, nearly 500 retired and candidate workers call our district home. All of these specially trained workers glorify God in an amazing variety of ways with their unique talents and gifts. Click the image below to read a special article from the Reporter about what church workers in all roles do in the LCMS—and how they could help your church, school, or ministry.

Click the picture to learn more about each classification of church worker in our Synod—and how they could help your church, school, or ministry.

Click the picture to learn more about each classification of church worker in our Synod—and how they could help your church, school, or ministry.

Ordained Pastor Divine Calls

Call committees that want to extend a Divine Call to a pastor work closely with the District office and their circuit visitor throughout the call process. Please click here to contact the District office if your congregation, school, or ministry would like to begin the call process for a pastor.

Commissioned Minister Divine Calls

Call committees that want to extend a Divine Call to a teacher, director of Christian education, director of Christian outreach, deaconess, director of parish music, director of family life ministry, or lay minister should review the following documents and forms.

Remember to reach out to the the Assistant to the President for Education & Commissioned Ministers or the Commissioned Workers Assistant to alert the District of the open call and for assistance and support throughout the call process. Get a head start on the process by completing the applicable form(s) below!

Unsure what kind of commissioned minister to call? Click each classification below for a brief description of each.


The teacher serves the ministry of a Lutheran school. The teacher’s ministry can encompass a wide variety of service, including teaching academic and / or faith subjects, planning lessons, serving as part of a congregation’s ministry team, coaching sports, and directing music and drama. The teacher pursues and encourages excellence in all teaching, showing the love of Christ to students in engaging and innovative ways.

Director of Christian Education (DCE)

The DCE coordinates with the pastor to focus on the vision and leadership of a congregation’s various educational ministries. This ministry can involve all ages. The DCE helps nourish children, youth, adults, and family groups in Christian instruction and growth in personal faith through a variety of ministries and programs—including Bible classes, Sunday school, midweek programs, Vacation Bible School, youth programs, and outdoor ministry.

Director of Christian Outreach (DCO)

The DCO is prepared to lead, train, equip, and encourage others in the various facets of outreach ministry throughout the world. The DCO is equipped for service in Christian ministry settings in the areas of education and / or outreach. Through study of cultures, generations, and rural / suburban / urban ministries, the DCO plans and facilitates meaningful strategies for the church to reach out t those without a saving faith in Jesus. Additionally, the DCO helps assess outreach opportunities unique to a ministry setting and equips each congregation to bring the Gospel to people in the most winsome and effective ways possible.


The deaconess is a woman trained to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a ministry of works of mercy, spiritual care, and teaching the Christian faith. Deaconess comes from the Greek word diakonos, meaning servant. Phoebe, in Romans 16:1-2, was a helper to Paul and others—she is often considered the first deaconess. In the congregational setting, the deaconess serves through teaching, visiting the sick and imprisoned, serving in the family, or other caring ministries.

Director of Parish Music (DPM)

The DPM is a gifted music leader prepared for team ministry in a parish church setting. A DPM may function as a minister of music, organist, lead guitarist, choral / instrumental conductor, music teacher, worship arts leader, leader of contemporary worship—or some combination thereof. The DPM often helps plan vibrant worship life with the parish pastor(s) and is usually responsible for other programs in the congregation that relate to music. Depending on interests and abilities, the DPM may become involved in other areas of ministry within the church as well. Some DPM positions are part-time or combined with education, youth, or family ministries.

Director of Family Life Ministry (DFLM)

The DFLM works within the context of the Christian family. Family ministry helps the church move toward a new paradigm: “Home-centered. Church-supported.” The ministry of a DFLM centers around equipping parents for their vital roles as faith proclaimers and supporting parents on the home front. The DFLM focuses on the passing of the faith from one generation to the next.

Lay Minister

The lay minister works under a pastor’s direction and guidance in a variety of ways. The lay minister may be involved in evangelism, visitation, Christian education, youth work, senior ministry, parish administration, assimilation and spiritual gifts administration, and other ministries.