J-Term 2020

J-Term 2020

January 5-11, 2020
Mount Olivet Retreat Center
Farmington MN

Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation, and Spirituality

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 January elective course.

Formation Event:
  • For those J-term participants interested in what formation with the Deaconess Community of the ELCA and ELCIC might look like, the sisters host a formation event the day prior to J-Term.

The 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.

Course Goals:

  • 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.

There may be the opportunity to take this course as an Independent Study undergraduate course in partnership with your college/university.

The course is offered through Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Tuition for all participants is paid by the Deaconess Community of the ELCA.

The cost of books and travel are the responsibility of each student.

Deaconess Community representatives are in residence as resource staff during the on-site component of the course.

For further information in regards to travel and housing please contact Sr. Liz Colver.

J-Term Instructor Dr. Dirk Lange

J-Term Instructor Dr. Dirk Lange

Dr. Dirk Lange is an Associate Professor of Worship at Luther Seminary. 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. To read more about Dr. Lange, please click...

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J-Term Instructor Dr. Susan McArver

J-Term Instructor Dr. Susan McArver

Dr. Susan W. McArver is a Professor of Church History and Educational Ministry at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Dr. McArver has been involved in the education of diaconal ministers and deaconesses for 19 years. For more about Dr. McArver please click here....

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