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The CMC’s 4-year vicarage program is unique in its emphasis on student formation in areas of pastoral, mission, and leadership skills. The goal of the program is to form - even produce - a person with sufficient personal and spiritual disciplines, as well as effective entrepreneurial, church-planting skills that can make any environment, be it urban, multicultural, or cross-cultural, a fertile ground for a confessional LCMS church start. This program combines the best in “special operations” type training (from a spiritual and physical perspective), pastoral functions training (under the guidance of a field mentor), and mission planting/team-building training. This program not only makes the student aware of the necessary skills but monitors and assesses the students’ abilities in using those skills in ethnic and urban environments.