Growing in Faith


The New York Diakonia Program

What is Growing in Faith?

Growing in Faith is a two-year spiritual formation and theological education process, also known as The Diakonia Program.

Diakonia is a national program of education for people in the Lutheran church. It was developed by a Lutheran pastor (former MNYS Bishop Stephen Bouman) to help develop dynamic disciples. While the program is designed to be completed in two years, some students take more time.

Is this for me? If growing in your faith sounds exciting, YES, the Diakonia Program is for you.

Growing in Faith, The New York Diakonia Program fulfills Martin Luther’s desire that all people study their Christian faith.

This program is for anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of the Lutheran faith and learning other ways to use their skills for service to God and their community of faith. Speak to one of our location managers about how this program might work for you.

The program provides educational and spiritual growth through worship, retreats, and a supportive community of fellow students, mentors, and instructors. It includes twelve courses, six per academic year.

Each course is five (5) sessions in length and meets weekly for one three (3) hour session. 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 providing a solid background on the topic.

Topics Include: Old and New Testament Studies, Church History, Christian Ethics, Worship, Visitation, Spirituality, and Church Doctrine.

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 four hours of study per week in addition to class time.

Participants want to deepen their life of faith. Many students find that through their coursework, they become more interested in serving 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.

Although this course of study is used by students who wish to continue on to become a Rostered Synod Deacon, it is not a requirement of the classes to serve in this way. In fact, the majority of graduates do not go on to become deacons.

A recent graduate says:
Now I know why Lutherans do what we do in our worship and in the world. I understand the Bible and its history more deeply and can talk more comfortably about my faith.

Another student states:
This experience provides a background and foundation for following God’s call to 'go out.' It strengthens you for weekly worship and your Monday through Saturday walk. The energy and enthusiasm from fellow Christians are contagious!

Don’t wait to “Grow your Faith

Download the Diakonia brochure

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For Locations and Meeting Times, CLICK HERE.

Learn more on the National Diakonia website
For information on the availability of online classes, please visit the national website
Have Question? Contact one of our committee members below:
Executive Director:
The Rev. Zachary Dean 
e: [email protected]
Committee Chair:
S. Dcn. Ingrid Compton 
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