DIAKONIA CLASSES
Holy Trinity has been chosen as one
of three sites in the greater Chicago
area to host this two year program.

Classes run on most Saturdays (9am-
noon) from September to early May.

You can register by
speaking to Pastor Jeff. There are six
different teachers throughout the
year. Registration forms are available
at
http://www.mcselca.org/Diakonia_A
pplication_rev.pdf
Diakonia is a two year process of
spiritual formation and theological
education for baptized members of
the Lutheran Church. This process
occurs in three basic ways:
By thorough grounding in the classic
seminary disciplines of practical,
systematic, historical, and Biblical
theology;
By identifying particular skills and
aptitudes in ministry, and
encouraging their use in the local
parish;
By providing spiritual growth through
worship, retreats, and a supportive
community of fellow students,
mentors, and instructors.
These are the tools Diakonia uses to
help equip God’s people for service
in parish and neighborhood
ministries. The primary theme and
focus of the Diakonia experience is
the word of Jesus in scripture (e.g.
Mark 10:43): “Let the one who would
be great among you be your servant
(Greek: Diakonos).
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
What is the emphasis of Diakonia? Diakonia emphasizes the baptismal vocation of all Christians to serve as did our Lord Jesus. Participants are usually already leaders in their
parishes, and have a high degree of Diakonia
commitment to the ministry of the Church. They want to deepen their life of faith and ground their baptismal commitment to serve in the scriptural, theological, liturgical, and historical traditions of the Church. They are committed to serve through the Church in a variety of ways: teaching, administration, liturgical leadership,
action for social justice, evangelism, visitation of the sick, community organization, youth work, ministry among the elderly, and the like. In every way they seek, and are helped by diakonia, to grow closer to the image and example of Christ the servant.
How is diakonia structured?
The diakonia curriculum consists of twelve courses, six per academic year. Each course is 5 sessions in length, and meets weekly for 3 hour sessions. Weekly assignments and reading reflect the twin purposes of relating
subject matter to the students' context of life and ministry (family, parish, neighborhood area of ministry), and of giving a solid background to the topic. Students work at their own level, and assignments reflect the understanding that students are already busy in their families, jobs, and parish. Typically, students average
approximately two to five hours of studies per week in addition to class time.
How much does diakonia cost?
Tuition: Tuition will be $360 (each year for the two-year program). Tuition may be paid by class. Diakonia has a financial aid program.
Books: Actual costs vary from course to course, but instructors try to provide materials for $25 or less per course. Retreats: The number of retreats is determined by year, normally there is one. Recent retreats have cost participants approximately $65 per weekend. Fees: A nonrefundable registration fee of $25 is required at the time of registration. An additional fee of $25 at the conclusion of the program covers graduation expenses, including the presentation of a commemorative diakonia cross.

Sunday School

for children ages 3-5th Grade will be held the 3rd & 4th Sundays of each month at 10:30am.


Youth Group

Youth group meets once a month, year round for youth to experience fun, service, and learning.


First Communion Preparation

A class is held to help prepare children to receive communion whenever their parents feel that they are ready.


Book Swap & Little Free Libraries

Books are available for anyone to read. Bring a book, take a book. Little Free Libraries, located outside on our grounds, provide books for anyone who would like to take one.


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