Director of Parish Music (DPM) Program
A Director of Parish Music (DPM) is a gifted music leader prepared for team ministry in a parish church setting and is certified, called, and commissioned by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). A DPM may function as a Minister of Music, an Organist or Lead Guitarist, Choral/Instrumental Conductor, Music Teacher, Worship Arts Director, Leader of Contemporary Worship, or quite often a combination of two or more of the above list.
A DPM often helps to plan a vibrant worship life with the parish pastor(s), and is usually responsible for other programs in the congregation that relate to music. Depending on interests and abilities, he/she may become involved in other areas of ministry within the church as well. Some DPM positions are part-time positions or are combined with education, youth or family ministries.
The purpose of the Director of Parish Music Program is to equip leaders for ministry who are passionate about the Gospel and the role music and worship can have in sharing the good news of Jesus. Through four to five years of coursework, co-curricular ensemble participation, and fieldwork in area churches, you will be prepared to serve effectively in a congregational setting.
CUI Program Distinctives