Spanish Language Intensive for Pastors — Dominican Republic


The United States includes more than 63 million Hispanics. This makes it the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. In the LCMS, more than a dozen district presidents report a lack of Spanish-speaking pastors.

Because of this need, LCMS International Mission has developed an immersive Spanish course, tailor-made for pastors, Expanding the Spanish Footprint. The classes will provide the tools for pastors to reach Spanish speakers with the Gospel.

Students will spend 4-6 weeks immersed in the Spanish language and Latino culture in the Dominican Republic. In addition to formal language instruction (15-20 hours/week), students will have the opportunity to learn from local Lutheran pastors, seminarians and missionaries.

This course will explore topics relevant to developing relationships with Hispanic Americans, including:

Theological Currents in Latin America -Dig into Roman Catholicism, adoration of saints, the Virgin, Pentecostalism, syncretism, folk religion, and liberation theology.

Evangelistic Visitation and Rites – Accompany seminarians and pastors as they visit their members and neighbors. You will also gain familiarity with common rites, such as house blessings, quinceañera, Holy Baptism, marriage, etc.

Cultural Acquisition – Learn more about what culture (and culture shock) is. Then focus in on the Latin American context and its diversity.

2025 Sessions: 

  • Mid-January, for 4-6 weeks
  • Mid-September, for 4-6 weeks
  • Current pastoral seminary students may inquire about possibilities for a summer session.

Cost: $600-$800/week.

Cost includes: tuition, lodging, meals, local transport, coordination and emergency insurance.

Note: Beginning Spanish students should plan for six weeks. For those with some Spanish, a baseline Spanish test is required to determine how much time is needed.

Opportunity Details

  • Location:   Dominican Republic
  • Position Description File:   n/a
  • Duration:  4-6 weeks
  • Team Size:  1-3 students
  • Contact Name:  Erin Alter
  • Contact Email:  Email 
  • Application Deadline:   n/a
  • Flexible Start Date:  Yes
  • Start Date:   n/a

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