diakonia Program

"equipping the saints for diakonia;

building up the Body of Christ" - Eph.4:12

Diakonia is a two-year study of spiritual growth and theological education for baptized members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or any layperson wising in good faith to study these teachings.

The diakonia program provides:


A grounding in the classic church-leadership disciplines of practical, systematic, historical and Biblical theology;


  • The discovery of one's God-given gifts and talents, encouraging their use in the local parish; and


  • Spiritual growth through worship, retreats, and a supportive community of fellow students, mentors and instructors.


  • Although some students have a goal to become a deacon, many students seek to deepen the knowledge of their faith, strengthen their commitment to God and to experience the word of Jesus in scripture.




The diakonia curriculum consists of twelve courses, six per academic year. Each course is five sessions, meeting weekly for three-hours each session. There are weekly readings and assignments. Students typically average 3-5 hours of study per week, in addition to class time.




  • There is a non-refundable registration fee of $35.00, which is required at the time of registration.

  • Tuition is $360 per year (2-year program).


  • Book costs vary from course to course; however, instructors try to use books and materials that cost $40-$50 or less per course. Many students buy used books and materials, which usually cost less.


  • There is an annual diakonia retreat, held in the spring. This retreat is recommended, but is not required.

  • An additional fee at the conclusion of the program covers graduation expenses, including the presentation of a commemorative diakonia cross for each graduate.



"I attended a church education course entitled diakonia. Each student reacts differently to the tuition. A new student should expect to be stimulated by the class work and the homework that follows. Although I trained, qualified and worked as a lay preacher in the Australian Methodist Church for many years, I still found new thoughts and ideas that added a gloss to my conviction."


- Reg Brian-Davis

For additional information or to register for the next academic year, which starts each September, fill out the form below and Janet Krabec, diakonia site manager will contact you.

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