Promoting Theological Education Through Hispanic Eyes

Our Mission

The Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS) of Concordia Seminary offers theological education and leadership in the Lutheran tradition from and for U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.

CHS advances and carries out its mission through ministry formation programs, research and publication initiatives, and various continuing education and advanced studies opportunities.

Stepping Up to the Challenge

Due to the growing need for Lutheran theological education among Hispanics in the U.S, the Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS)—formerly known as the Hispanic Institute of Theology—was established in 1987. Given that Latinos currently comprise the fastest-growing ethnic group in the nation, the main mission of CHS, now more than ever, is to form the future Hispanic lay leaders, commissioned deaconesses, and ordained ministers of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Instruction is carried out in Spanish and considers the rich diversity of Hispanic cultural contexts in its theological and pastoral reflection. The Center delivers instruction through theological education by extension, part-time residential opportunities, and computer-based systems. Seminary level students can benefit from electives in the areas of missional leadership, family counseling, and theology and culture.

For more information please visit CHS at the Concordia St. Louis website.