A deaconess is a woman who is a church-worker and is trained and dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Christ through acts of mercy and spiritual care. The role of a deaconess is to engage women in diverse settings and specialization, whether in a congregation, in an institution or on the mission field.
The Deaconess program at
the Inter-Lutheran Theological Seminary provides educational opportunities
for competent women. The Deaconess serves congregations using her gifts to
bless and serve other women.
Titus 2:3-5 “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
Upon fulfillment of the program requirements, students received a Deaconess Certificate endorsed by the faculty. Along with the Deaconess Certificate a student may also receive an additional degree outside the Seminary such as Nursing, Teaching, Counseling, etc. in order to focus on a specific calling.
James Weidner, President
P.O. Box 449
Hancock, MI 49930