For the sake of the Gospel and all of God’s creation,
the Deaconess Community of the ELCA fosters
diaconal leadership development,
and dynamic partnerships within the church and the world.
Compelled by the love of Christ and sustained by community,
the Deaconess Community of the ELCA works for
justice and flourishing for all of God’s creation.
We are rooted in the living Word and love of God
We are emboldened by our history
We are accountable to intentional community
We practice courageous leadership
We practice radical welcome
We practice cultivating partnerships
Deaconesses are called to be public leaders in/for the church. We work in a variety of fields in and out of congregations, as we strive to be the connection between the church and the world.
Deaconesses also seek to empower and equip the service of others, both in the church and the world.