Become a Diaconal Minister
Community is the 6th of the “Six Marks of Diaconal Ministry
” and an important part of a diaconal minister’s grounding in ministry. Community life is a point of transition from diaconal ministry candidate to diaconal minister, which occurs after the candidate’s consecration to diaconal ministry. At that time, the diaconal minister becomes a voting member of the ELCA Diaconal Ministry Community. It is also the first step after candidacy and is a major transition for many. A candidate becomes a voting member of the ELCA Diaconal Ministry Community after assignment to a synod, acceptance of a call, consecration and installation.
Learn more about the Discernment to First Call processCommunity Membership List
The Diaconal Ministry Community maintains a listing of active diaconal ministers. This list provides information about the location and ministries of diaconal ministers including their areas of specialization. This might be especially helpful for candidates with similar areas of specialization and/or who are located in the same synod. You can request this membership list by contacting Kristina Perry, Diaconal Minister.
Diaconal Ministers are invited to make a yearly donation of $25. These funds are used for ELCA membership in several international diaconal organizations and other community-related expenses. We invite you to go to the links page to read about the various diaconal organizations with whom we partner and for which dues are utilized.