Course Announcement from the Deaconess Community of ELCA/ELCIC

Information concerning a January Term course that is being offered by the Deaconess Community of the ELCA/ELCIC in partnership with Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation, and Spirituality,” introduces students to the historical, theological, and social contexts in which the work of diaconal ministry has been expressed throughout the church’s history and asks how that history continues to impact the present.  This course also explores a theology of spirituality based on the Lutheran confessional writings and provides opportunity for the discussion and development of a baptismal discipline and vocational discernment, particularly as it pertains to the diaconal calling.  
In the past, students taking this course have come from both those in the Word and Service and Word and Sacrament tracts; they have called this a very valuable experience and some have gone so far as to suggest it should be a required course for all who are thinking about entering any form of ministry.  
Synods found this course to be a wonderful opportunity and have recommended this course to candidates who are unsure how/if they are being called to public leadership. This course will meet the anticipated diaconal course requirement for those in the Word and Service candidacy process.
The course is not limited to those who are currently enrolled in seminaries but can also be used as continuing education for those who are already in positions of ministry including synod staff, pastors, and candidacy committee members.
Of particular note is this: The Deaconess Community pays the tuition for all who take the course.   
The onsite component of the January 2016 course will begin the afternoon of January 15th and end the afternoon of January 20th at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Arizona. There will be two online sessions prior to the onsite component.
Registrations begins November 1st

For more information visit the Deaconess Community website.