Deaconess Studies

Deaconess Studies: Faith Incarnate in Love

deaconess-th“Christians live not in themselves, but in Christ and in their neighbor. Otherwise they are not Christians. They live in Christ through faith, in their neighbor through love. By faith they are caught up beyond themselves into God. By love they descend beneath themselves into their neighbor.” Martin Luther, 1520

Christians are called to serve their neighbors in and through the love of Christ. It is a vocation that is profoundly simple and yet filled with great challenges. One role that meets this challenge is the Lutheran deaconess, who enriches and strengthens the body of Christ through works of compassion, human care, and theological guidance.

Deaconesses are called by congregations and into foreign missions, employed by hospitals, nursing homes, and social service organizations. Through her theological training, skills, and practical experience, a deaconess serves the church by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through works of mercy, spiritual care, and teaching the Christian faith.

Presently there are two residential degree routes:

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in spiritual care
  • Dual-degree Master of Social Work & Master of Arts with a major in spiritual care

In addition, students may seek certification by completing an additional ministerial formation component.

To learn more about our Deaconess Studies program, download our brochure.

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For additional information, please contact Gillian Bond, director of deaconess studies, at 314-505-7114;