Diakonia & Ministry

Putting Diakonia to Work

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

— Romans 7: 4-6 NIV

Offering spiritual enrichment and a deeper biblical education to lay individuals in the church, Diakonia strives to build powerful disciples and spirit-led missionaries, by providing:

  • Rich, theological education.
  • A deepened appreciation of the Bible – dynamic, living and transformational.
  • Clarity in forms of grace-filled service.

Diakonia isn’t intended to lead to licensure or rostering, although a number of people have used this as a first step in finding just such a vocation. Diakonia works best when pastors offer Diakonia participants varied opportunities to learn and to serve.

If you are a rostered leader in the ELCA, please consider this prayerful invitation to support a Diakonia program in your area.

To find a program near you, click here.

To get information on how to start a program in your area, email Ellen J. Lindemann, National Chairperson.

For a look at how one deacon brought the Diakonia program to Chicago, click here.