The diakonia program has been re-imagined into Growing in Faith: The diakonia Program.
After over 40 years of success in providing quality lay education in 11 synods across the ELCA, the national board has taken on the monumental task of re-designing the program to meet the needs of our 21st century churches and students. The new program consists of a 2-year program with flexibility to suit the interests and needs our students.
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 (September through April or early May). Individuals are joined by other students and teaching pastors from around the Northern Illinois Synod to talk about the Bible, Christian Doctrine, Christian Ethics, Lutheran Faith in the American Context, and other topics. Students are also given the opportunity to discern what spiritual gifts they might have to use in service to God’s people.
This course of study prepares students for the task of showing God’s love in their workplaces, neighborhoods, families, and schools, as well as their local churches. Diakonia graduates are called to share the light of Christ in the world.
Anyone who is looking for a deeper spiritual connection with Christ is encouraged to try diakonia.
Current and past students love our program! They say that it enables them to understand worship and the scriptures more fully. They become more willing participants in leadership, education, and worship. They more easily engage in discussion about faith and service to the community.
To enroll in an upcoming Diakonia class, click here for the application form.
For more information or to sign up for Growing in Faith: The diakonia Program in the Northern Illinois Synod please contact:
Douglas Wood, Chairperson/Location Manager
For more information about the Diakonia program, click here.