Explore with us the role of servant leadership to meet the world’s needs in Christ’s name.
Servant leadership, Word and Service, and diaconal ministry are all synonyms for the ancient Greek word, diakonia, the call of Christ to serve others for the sake of the Gospel. We invite you to accompany others interested in learning more through our annual January elective course.
- Introduces the historical, theological and social contexts of diaconal (Word and Service) ministry throughout history.
- Provides opportunity for discussion on vocation and diaconal calling.
- Affirms and encourages recognition of the importance and knowledge of the Lutheran Confessions as theologically and spiritually foundational writings.
- Awards three hours of academic credit.
- To present a theological grounding for discernment.
- To learn about the ministry of Word and Service throughout the Church’s history.
- To experience and talk about intentional community.
- To provide a safe environment in which to ask questions about faith and service.
A participant in the course…
- Is interested in the ministry of Word and Service.
- Wants to learn more about church history, theology and spirituality.
- Is open to asking questions about faith and noticing the action of God.
- Is committed to developing a deeper, fuller baptismal faith.
- Welcomes the opportunity to grow through sharing varied experiences and asking challenging questions.
- Appreciates stimulating class discussions, meaningful group worship, and enriching table fellowship.
Dr. Susan W. McArver
Professor of Church History and Educational Ministry
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Columbia, SC
Dr. McArver has been involved in the education of diaconal ministers and deaconesses for fifteen years.
Dr. Dirk Lange
Associate Professor of Worship
Luther Seminary St. Paul, MN
Dr. Lange is an ordained pastor of the ELCA and teaches Lutheran spirituality out of his experience as a brother of an ecumenical religious community.
Dates and location:
January 13-17, 2014
Morning and afternoon classes will meet at the campus of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina.
In addition, the class includes an online component before the meetings of the on-campus classes.
Tuition for all participants will be paid by the Deaconess Community of the ELCA/ELCIC. The cost of all books is the responsibility of each student.
Limited housing is available on campus for $25.00 per night. Early registration is advised.
For further information please contact Sister Krista Anderson. Krista.Anderson@elca.org 651.208.7713
Deaconess Community representatives are in residence as resource staff during the on-campus component of the course.
This course is not the same as the Diaconal Ministry Formation Event at Gettysburg Seminary, also held in January.