Diakonia is an exciting opportunity which provides a spiritual journey to lay individuals who wish to become more involved in their church or who want to better understand their faith.
Diakonia meets once each week for two years during the school year. Individuals are joined by other students and pastors from around the Northern Illinois Synod to talk about the Bible, Christian Doctrine, Christian Ethics, Church and Society, and other topics. Students are also given the opportunity to discern what spiritual gifts they might have.
This course of study prepares students for the task of showing God’s love in their workplaces, neighborhoods, families, and schools as well as in their local churches. Diakonia graduates are called to be God’s light of Christ in the world. I encourage anyone who is looking for a deeper spiritual connection with Christ to try Diakonia.
Diakonia graduation was held on Sunday, July 8 at 3:00pm at First Lutheran Church in Rockford
The Northern Illinois Synod will offer classes for 2018-19 in six locations:
First Lutheran, DeKalb, from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays (location manager: Denise Rode)
St. John, Joliet, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays (location manager: Trenton Ferro)
Shepherd of the Hills, McHenry, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursdays (location manager: Jean Gates)
Salem, Moline, from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays (location manager: Cynthia Bowen)
St. Mark, Rockford, from 6-9 p.m. (location manager: Don Long)
Christ Lutheran, Stockton, date and time TBA (location manager: Larry Cording)
Coming next fall! Diakonia Level 2 courses in Rockford and Joliet! More info to Come
Diakonia graduates, current students, or I would be glad to talk with you about our experiences in the program and how they have influenced our spiritual growth and fellowship with our instructors and peers.
Many of us in the Northern Illinois Synod have felt called to the Diakonia program, and we hope to share its benefits with others who want to deepen their faith and have a closer relationship with God. I hope you will give prayerful consideration to this unique opportunity.
Sincerely in Christ,
Dr. Denise L. Rode, Ed.D.
Northern Illinois Synod Diakonia Chairperson