Hispanic Ministry Summer Term at the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest

May 29-June 17, 2016 at Austin, Texas

The Hispanic Ministry Summer Term at the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS) is designed for ELCA seminary students to develop leadership skills in Hispanic Ministry and build a network of colleagues who share this commitment. The first week involves students in the LSPS Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry intensive. Week 2 consists of a weekly seminar with Prof. Jay Alanis and several outstanding guest instructors and contextual education in teaching parishes where students engage in Hispanic ministry under the guidance of supervising pastors.  Week 3 will have students participating in another week long intensive:  Mision en Comunidad/Mission in Community with The Rev. Rubén Durán, Director for New Congregational Development for ELCA as the main presenter. Wartburg Theological Seminary will grant 3 Master of Divinity credits to students successfully completing the course, which are transferable to the student’s seminary.


  • To increase capacity for doing Hispanic ministry
  • To develop strong cross-cultural awareness and ministry skills
  • To engage in Hispanic ministry in congregational settings
  • To improve facility in Spanish language
  • To build a cohort of colleagues preparing for Hispanic ministry within the church


May 29-June 3: Participation in LSPS Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive.
Friday, June 3: Orientation Day for seminarians.
Sunday, June 5, and June 12: Worship in Austin area congregations.
June 12-June17:  Participation in LSPS Mision en Comunidad/Mission in Community Intensive with The Rev. Rubén Durán, Director for New Congregational Development for ELCA.

Weekly seminars are held in Austin on the campus of the Seminary of the Southwest.

Costs: (estimated)

Tuition is $2565, which includes an administrative fee of $300. Full scholarships are available to cover the total tuition cost of the summer term for ELCA students.

Students are expected to pay their own transportation, housing, and meal expenses.

Normally, we expect students to have access to a car for the duration of the summer term although Austin has excellent bus service.

Housing costs are $200.00 (home stays), $630.00 (double room), or $1260.00 (single room). The single and double rooms are at local hotels.

A non-refundable housing deposit of $200 is due by April 30, 2016.


Click here to register.

Fill out the course registration form in its entirety. For the course, enter “Hispanic Ministry Summer Term 2016.” After clicking “Submit Form,” you will be taken to a payment screen to pay for the housing deposit. If paying by credit card, complete the payment form, making sure to select the $200 “LSPS Summer Term Housing Dep.” If you prefer to pay by check, you can mail your $200 housing deposit payment to:

Learning for Life
Wartburg Theological Seminary
333 Wartburg Pl
Dubuque, IA, 52003

Testimony from Previous Students:

The Summer Intensive in Hispanic Ministry was not only about learning the language. The experience was more about learning the culture. I can now see the world with a new lens. I learned about the “other” by living with them, worshipping with them and becoming “familia.” This experience was very enriching academically with the amazing instructors we had who were all Latino.    Cindy Robles, 2014 Hispanic Ministry Summer Term

As a result of my participation in the 2014 LSPS-sponsored Hispanic Ministry Intensive I have repeatedly found myself challenged to identify, process, and to reflect upon subconscious and previously unidentified values and beliefs.  Thinking deeply about these issues (internalized oppression, systematic injustice, and the reality of the plight of the differently documented immigrants and refugees seeking asylum) and participating in a variety of cross cultural experiences has enhanced my understanding of Christian vocation, reaffirmed my own commitment to servant leadership, and increased my resolve to move beyond the narrow confines of my own culturally-conditioned comfort zones by advocating for justice, speaking truth to power, and having the courage to confront cultural violence.   Jon Brudvig, 2014 Hispanic Ministry Summer Term

I noticed two themes important in doing Hispanic ministry: listening to someone’s story, and slow is fast. A month later, I have now heard so many stories that I am not the same person I was. Each host family that I stayed with and each congregation we worshiped in has stretched me and pushed the limits of my comfort zone and challenged preconceived notions I didn’t even know I had.    Maggie Berndt-Dreyer, 2014 LSPS Hispanic Ministry Summer Term