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The DCE Major: DCE History

Basic information regarding what a DCE major is.

How the DCE Profession Originated

  • DCEs begain in the parochial school
    • The title "Director of Christian Education" was not used extensively until the 1950s
    • Profession did not "find itself" until the 1960s
  • 1950s- brought demands by congregations for a position like the DCE
  • 1959- LCMS Convention passes resolution to include DCE on the Roster of Synod declaring DCEs as commissioned ministers under the heading of "teacher"
    • This was seen as a starting point for the legitimizing of the profession
  • 1960- students placed into parishes with DCE title
  • 1962- convention held where Synod passed a resolution to establish training programs for DCEs
  • 1969- the Board of Higher Education decides a teaching certificate is not required to be a DCE
  • 1983- Synod passes resolution at convention allowing DCEs to be rostered without completing a teaching certificate
  • 1977- Concordia in Portland, Oregon and Concordia in Irvine, California were approved to prepare DCEs for ministry
  • 1999- Concordia in Austin, Texas was approved to prepare DCEs for ministry
  • 2009- 50th anniversary of DCE Ministry and National Association of Directors of Christian Education (NADCE) is unveiled

The LC-MS has certified 1,756 Directors of Christian Education for the church since the inception of this particular office.

Martin Luther

DCE Definition

"A Director of Christian Education is synodically certified, called, and commissioned lifespan educational leader prepared for team ministry in a congregational setting." (LEA, 2000)

Mission Statement

"Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Director of Christian Education plans, administers, and assesses ministry that burtures and equips people as the body of Christ for spiritual maturity, service, and witness in home, job, congregation, community, and the world." (LEA, 2000)

Karpenko's Roles and Sub-Roles for DCE Program Directors

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