Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA

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.

Click Here To View the Northern Illinois Synod Diakonia Page

Diakonia graduation was held on Sunday, July 8 at 3:00pm at First Lutheran Church in Rockford


The Northern Illinois Synod will offer 3 ‘co-hort’ online ZOOM classes for 2020-2021

Contact the location managers for more information or to enroll. (classes only open to those in Northern Illinois Synod)

  • Tuesday Evenings  (location manager: Denise Rode)
  • Thursday Evenings (location manager: Don Long)
  • Thursday Evening (location manager Bob Stark)

View Diakonia Brochure Here

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,

Rev. Dr. Denise L. Rode, Ed.D.
Northern Illinois Synod Diakonia Chairperson