Florida-Bahamas Synod

As Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Christians, we have a radical focus on God’s unconditional love. We believe that the word of the God is Jesus Christ himself, with a second understanding that the message of Jesus Christ is also the word of God.

The ELCA looks to the bible for authority in its preaching and teaching, yet does not take a literalist approach to scripture.

We celebrate the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s supper–external signs instituted by Christ that convey God’s grace and mercy. The ELCA is an inclusive and ecumenical church and seeks relationships with other religious traditions.

We are part of the ELCA, a church body that consists of 4 million baptized members, worshiping in nearly 10,000 congregations within 65 synods in 9 geographic regions.

Click Here To View The Florida Bahamas Synod Diakonia Page

The Diakonia is a program of lay spiritual formation that includes a two year process of training and theological education.

2018 Florida Bahamas diakonia graduates


Our graduation was  held on June 9 at Hope Lutheran Church in The Villages at the closing of our annual retreat. 

Bishop Pedro Suarez presider and preacher

Registration is underway for the fall: classes are planned for Jacksonville, Tampa, Winter Park, Miami Springs,

and hopefully a Space Coast location as well as Miami.

Click on the links below to read more about the diakonia program in the Florida Bahamas Synod . 

Introduction Letter
Locations for Training
Course Content