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Vision4Life is Concordia Academy’s award-winning, character-building, service-learning program.

The program centers on an intensive two-day experience. On the first day, the female students and teachers participate in a day of seminars, small group discussions, and other experiences designed to help them explore what it means to be a Godly woman in today’s society. Meanwhile, our male students and teachers spend the day serving at a wide variety of service projects throughout the metro area. On the second day, the females participate in service projects while the male students and teachers remain on campus and explore the characteristics of a Godly man. Following these two days, the entire student body reflects on the two days and celebrates the work that God has done through them in a special time of worship.

This opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus and grow in faith is a highlight of the year for many of our students and teachers.

The Character Education Partnership (CEP) named CA’s Vision4Life program a state and national award winner for “Promising Practices” in character education.

Vision4Life 2017

March 1-3, CA's students, teachers, and dozens of volunteers participated in the 10th annual Vision4Life service and seminar days. Vision4Life is CA's state and national award-winning program designed to teach and inspire service, sharpen Christian character, and build an even stronger sense of CA community. 

On Wednesday, March 1, CA’s male students remained at CA for a day of guest speakers, small group activities, and prayer and praise. CA women, meanwhile, participated in a variety of service projects around the metro area. On Thursday, March 2, the days were reversed, with the women participating in seminars and the men serving at various off-campus locations. Friday, March 3, was a half day of school that included Family Life Group reflection time, and a special extended chapel to celebrate and tie together the entire Vision4Life experience.
On the service days, students spread throughout the Twin Cities to volunteer at numerous sites, including Dorothy Day Center, Urban Homeworks, Salvation Army, Journey Homes, Emergency Community Service, Bridging, Trinity First Lutheran School, Good in the Hood (Urban Gospel Mission), SafeCity Community Center, Light House Church, and Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. Collectively, CA’s students, teachers, and volunteers completed over 1300 hours of service to the community on March 1 and 2.

Our guest speakers for the seminar days were Abby Ludvigson Schumacher, who spoke about identity, purity, and God's call to live by faith, and Rod Olson, who spoke about leadership and passion. Abby is a speaker at universities, schools, and churches around the Upper Midwest, and in 2015 she produced a film series entitled "Sex By Design." Rod Olson has coached professionally at every level of collegiate sports, including stints at Oklahoma State University and three-time NCAA National Champion Appalachian State University. Rod has trained thousands of leaders nationwide and currently helps direct the Coaches Development program for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball organization. He is a 1984 CA graduate.

View a recap of our 2017 Vision4Life program below.

Any questions regarding Vision4Life should be directed to Dean Dunavan at

Vision4Life 2016 Highlights
Vision4Life Sites

The following is a partial list of sites where CA students have served during Vision4Life.

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • MN Teen Challenge
  • Union Gospel Mission
  • Trinity First Lutheran School
  • Salvation Army
  • Huffman Disabled War Vet House
  • Urban Homeworks
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