Clinical Pastoral Education
723 S. Laclede Station Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63119
What Does CPE Offer?
Lutheran Senior Services Clinical Pastoral Education program offers students many opportunities for ministry. Classes are held on the campus of Laclede Groves in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Students may also serve at Lutheran Senior Services senior communities throughout the Midwest. Student chaplains make pastoral contact with residents, families, and staff through visits, Bible classes, worship, devotions, and community activities.
Through three-month and nine-month programs, Lutheran Senior Services offer Level I and Level II Clinical Pastoral Education. Half of a CPE student’s 45-hour week is spent in ministry with residents and family members, as well as staff, giving our those in our Pastoral Care program many ways to personally serve our residents and clients.
Context for Ministry
Learning activities include one-on-one ministry with residents, staff and family; individual supervision; reading; writing verbatim; and theological reflection. Group and classroom work includes Morning Prayer, Didactic Seminars, Group Practicum (skill development in supportive counseling), Verbatim Conferences (peer supervision), and Interpersonal Relations (personal and inter-personal growth).
In addition, intentional reflection is given to key theological issues identified in the various CPE experiences. On a rotating basis, Sunday morning, on-call, and evening ministry are also a part of the learning opportunity. CPE students may specialize in a particular area of ministry related to pastoral care, counseling, and/or older adult ministry.
Lutheran Senior Services’ CPE program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Lutheran Senior Services is a member of the St. Louis Cluster of CPE Centers. The LSS CPE program also abides by the guidelines of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
An eleven-week, 45-50 hour-per-week program offered each summer. The program begins in early June and is completed in mid-August.
A nine- or twelve-month, full time internship program which begins in early September and ends in mid-May (or mid-August). Students receive a stipend through a grant from The Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis and Lutheran Senior Services.
A six-month, part time program designed to accommodate professional and lay church workers who are currently involved in full-time ministry. Classes meet one day each week and an additional day each week is committed to ministry. Please call 314.446.2343 to check on the availability of this program offering.
As a result of a generous grant from the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, we are able to offer a stipend to CPE Interns and Vicars to support their CPE training and ministry at Lutheran Senior Services. Applications are available as an editable Word document or in printable PDF format.
Reverend Jeffery Scheer
The Reverend Jeffery Scheer is a certified ACPE CPE Supervisor. Rev. Scheer serves as the Administrator of Clinical Pastoral Education at Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) and is also a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). He joined LSS in 2004.
Additional faculty includes individuals from Lutheran Senior Services chaplaincy, nursing, and social services staff, as well as counselors, professors, and pastors from the St. Louis community.
Criteria for Admission
Admission into the Single Unit requires a high school degree or GED, active ministry or service experience in a congregation or institution, endorsement by one’s local congregation, and the ability to perform the duties of a Student Chaplain, Intern or Vicar, as listed in the Lutheran Senior Services CPE policies.
Admission into the Internship/Residency or Vicarage requires one unit of ACPE CPE from a center other than Lutheran Senior Services CPE; a college degree; ordination (or its equivalent) by one’s denomination; endorsement by one’s denomination; evidence of intent to be engaged in full-time ministry within a congregation or institution; and a Masters of Divinity degree or its equivalent, OR the intent to seek equivalency.
Application Fee & Tuition
The application fee is $50; checks should be made out to “Lutheran Senior Services CPE.” Tuition for the first unit of training is $650. Each additional consecutive unit is $550.
Applying for Admission
Use the following links to apply for admission to Lutheran Senior Services CPE or another St. Louis Cluster. Applications are available as an editable Word document or in printable PDF format. Return the document to:
Students are encouraged to apply for admission by December of the year prior to the beginning of the program they want to attend. Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received. Once an application has been processed, the applicant will be contacted for an interview.