News & Events
2013 Diaconal Ministry Formation Event
Community and Consecration
A handbook for diaconal candidates who are approved and awaiting call
A new handbook welcoming you into the exciting life and vibrant ministry of the Diaconal Community if the ELCA.
Community EventsDiaconal ministers are also invited and strongly encouraged to attend the ELCA Diaconal Ministry Community Conference held every 18 months at various locations around the U.S.
We gather for
- collegial sharing of our joys, stories, dreams, and hopes
- business meetings for continued discernment of leadership and community needs
- corporate worship and fellowship
- learning, Bible study, and open discussion
- Sabbath rest and prayer time
- furthering our vision for the future of diaconal ministry
- giving glory and thanksgiving to our Lord Jesus Christ
The 2013 formation event will be held January 6-17, 2013 at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary
in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2012. Contact Katie Dodds, Field Education Coordinator at email@example.com
for more information.
Choosing a J-Term Diaconal Ministry Course
Each year the Deaconess Community and ELCA Center for Diaconal Ministry Preparation offer two separate events for diaconal candidates. Recently, both have taken place in January but each on a different seminary campus. Although the programs include an intensive study of diaconal ministry, they have different objectives and requirements. Some students and those who advise them have expressed confusion about which program better meets the needs of the individual inquirer. In an effort to clarify the differences for students and synod and seminary staff, we have prepared the following brief descriptions.
J-Term Course Descriptions
If you have any questions please contact:
Margaret Schmitt-Ajer, Diaconal Minister, Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sister Sylvia Countess, Deaconess Community, Sylvia.Countess@elca.org