Metro New York Synod, ELCA

The Diakonia program is a two-year process of spiritual formation and theological education for baptized members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or anyone wishing in good faith to study the teachings.

The program develops dynamic disciples by providing:

  • enjoyable learning
  • amazing personal growth in faith
  • the joy of deepening your relationship with God and the church
  • clarity in forms of grace-filled service to our neighbor

Now offering online courses using the ZOOM meeting app-

(beginning in September, series A courses beginning with Intro to the New Testament

 Tuesdays 7pm – 10pm contact Ms. Liz Hoffmann


2018 Graduation was held on Sat, June 9, 2:00pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Huntington Station

2018 Metro New York diakonia graduates

Celebrating 41 Years of The New York diakonia Program

Bishop Rimbo – Presiding and The Rev. Stephen Bowman – Preaching

***All courses are currently being held online due to Covid 19

Brooklyn, St. Jacobi Lutheran Saturdays 9-noon series B contact Jasmine Downer

Manhattan, St. Luke’s Lutheran  Thursday 6:30-9:30pm  series A  contact Bob Wechtenhiser 

Northwest Suffolk, Abiding Presence Lutheran  Thursdays 7-10pm  series A  contact Rev. Robert Schoepflin 

Peconic, Trinity Lutheran  Tuesdays 7-10pm  Tuesdays 7-10pm  Series A  contact Liz Hoffmann

Queens, Trinity Lutheran  Saturdays 9:30am -12:30pm series A  contact Dcn. Roberta Detmers 

Western Suffolk,  Ascension Lutheran  Saturdays 9-noon  series A  contact Dcn. Donna-Mari Fieldsa


Click Here To View the Metro New York Synod Diakonia Page

A recent Diakonia program graduate says: “Now I know why Lutherans do what we do in our worship and in the world. I understand the Bible and its history more deeply, and can talk more comfortably about my faith. This experience provides a background and foundation for following God’s call to “go out” and “do.” It strengthens you for weekly worship and your Monday through Saturday walk. The energy and enthusiasm from fellow Christians is contagious!”

For more information, contact Deacon Ingrid Compton, chair of the steering committee

Download the Diakonia Brochure