– a Christian theological term that means service


Fulfill your call to discipleship
  •  Explore your personal relationship with God.
  • Gain a rich, theological foundation and practical knowledge.
  • Join a community that will help you challenge, enrich and embrace your faith.
  • Deepen your appreciation of the Bible – dynamic, living and transformational.
Diakonia in the ELCA: www.thediakoniaprogram.org

Established by Reverend Stephen P. Bouman in 1977, the Diakonia  program is a national program that offers spiritual enrichment and theological understanding to lay leaders in the ELCA. Currently active in eight ELCA synods, the program:

  • Trains lay people to be better servants of the Lord.
  • Takes the message of the altar out of the church into the community.


  • Offers grounding in classic seminary disciplines of practical, systematic, historical, and Biblical theology.
  • Helps seekers identify unique skills and aptitudes in servant leadership.
  • Encourages service and discipleship.
  • Equips individuals for better service, providing spiritual growth through education and study.


Three courses of study are offered within the East Central, Lafayette and Indianapolis Conferences: A comprehensive two-year study program with certificate of completion; individual class offerings from the 12-class curriculum; on-site adult Christian education for interested congregations.

East Central, Lafayette and Indianapolis Conferences

Contact: Tom Stempson
Director, Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA
P: 317-374-8708
stempson@att.netKim Hiatt, Regional Information
P: 317-361-0718kim.hiatt@lasallemarketing.comPr. Alan Rider
Pastoral Advisor, Indiana-Kentucky Synod
Outside of Central Indiana

Contact: Tom Stempson
Director, Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA
P: 317-374-8708

Program Fees

Tuition: $60 per class*Books: generally $25 or less per courseFees: registration fee of $30; additional fee of $25-40 at the conclusion covers graduation expenses

* Financial aid available for the two-year program.

Where every member is a missionary, every pastor is a mission director, and every congregation is a mission center.