Diaconal Ministry Formation Event
2014 Diaconal Ministry Formation Event
The 2014 formation event will be held January 5-16, 2014 at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2013. Contact Katie Dodds, Field Education Coordinator at email@example.com
for more information.Introduction
The Congregational and Synodical Mission unit of the ELCA and the ELCA Center for Diaconal Ministry Preparation (located at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on behalf of the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries) co-sponsor the Diaconal Ministry Formation Event. Successful completion of this event meets the formation event component requirement for approval as a diaconal ministry candidate.
A variety of learning and community building experiences will include lectures, reading, writing, small group and individual reflection, field trips to diaconal ministry sites and optional tutorials. Worship, spiritual formation and community life are central to the experience. The primary faculty members come from the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries. Guest lecturers and ecumenical guests are also involved. There is time for relaxation and touring in the area during the weekend.
The formation event is considered integral to the preparation of diaconal ministry candidates. Ideally the formation event precedes seminary study and will assist the candidate in shaping their course of study and field experience. Candidates will:
- Study and explore the biblical, theological, historical and ecumenical roots and expressions of diaconal ministry;
- Examine current diaconal approaches and models for ministry in a variety of settings through study and contextual site visits;
- Gain deeper understandings of Lutheran theology as it relates to all forms of ministry, call and ecclesiology; [and]
- Develop spiritual insights and disciplines for active ministry through worship, prayer and group processes designed for spiritual formation, development of community and mutual vision for diaconal ministry (accepted by the Board of the Division for Ministry, Oct. 22-25, 1995).
A positive entrance decision from a synod candidacy committee is required prior to attendance at the formation event. The Congregational and Synodical Mission unit and the ELCA Center for Diaconal Ministry must receive a copy of a Positive Entrance Decision prior to a participant's arrival at the formation event. Currently rostered associates in ministry or pastors must apply as a candidate for diaconal ministry.
All participants are in residence at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg for housing and meals during the two-week event and attend all components.
Participation in the entire event is required. Plan for complete focus on the event; personal business or work assignments will be difficult to accomplish. Family members are asked not to attend so that the participant can fully engage in this event.
A pre-event required reading list will be sent to all applicants with registration forms.
Participants may earn three academic graduate semester credit hours from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. To receive credit, a 15 - 25 page paper is required following the completion of the event. Specific information regarding this paper will be sent with registration materials.
Those enrolled in a seminary or academic institution should check with their financial aid office about financial assistance (formation event costs may be included in a student's annual budget).