Concordia Lutheran Seminary


Adopt-A-Student Registration Form (for groups and congregations)

A student can be “adopted” by:

  • your church
  • a group within your church
  • a group of friends
  • a family
  • an individual

How does it work?

CLS will:

  • Choose a student for you to “adopt” for all four years of his Master of Divinity study. (The Canada Revenue Agency requires us, not you, to designate the particular student your gifts will help through this program.)
  • Ask him to send you a picture and a brief biography, along with his contact information, family members’ names and birthdays, etc.

You agree:

  • To pray regularly for the student and his family.
  • To encourage the student and his family in appropriate ways (e.g. writing occasionally, sending a card at Christmas and on birthdays, etc.)
  • You may also want to help support the student (and his family) financially and with gifts.

If so, remember:

  • When you as a group directly support a student, you are responsible for issuing a T4A slip at calendar year-end.
  • It is generally easiest for everyone if funds are channelled through CLS; we will then issue a T4A slip to the student.

CLS pledges:

  • That before we admit a student to the Master of Divinity program, he has declared his intention to enter the ministry of our church and has shown promise of his ability to do so.
  • That we will do our best to form students into “servants for Jesus’ sake” through academic study, practical experience, and personal formation.
  • That we will encourage students in every way possible toward the goal of full-time service in the Office of the Holy Ministry.
  • That we will forward 100% of your Adopt-a-Student donations to your “adopted” student for his living expenses, promptly upon receiving each gift.

Some Facts to Remember

Most students have completed at least four years of university education before entering the Master of Divinity program. In some cases, they come to the seminary with sizeable educational loans.

Many students are second career men with families. They left homes, jobs, and familiar communities and congregations in order to re-establish themselves in Edmonton. After two years here, they move again for their one-year vicarage. Then they move back to Edmonton again for their last year of studies – followed by a final move to their first pastoral call!

Some students’ wives are able to work and help with the family’s finances. Others are busy caring for small children. All are supportive of their husbands’ commitment to prepare for the Holy Ministry.

Typical costs for Master of Divinity students are:

  • $1,200 per course (3-credit hours)
  • $6,355 for a typical semester’s tuition and fees
  • $40,640 for the entire four-year M.Div. program (tuition and fees)
  • $800-$1,050 for rent (1-BR apartment) per month (source:
  • $1005+ for food (family of 4), per month (source: AB Agric., July 2016)


Contact the Director of Financial Aid, for information about the “Adopt-a-Student” program and “your” student!

Director of Financial Aid
phone: (780) 474-1468
fax: (780) 479-3067