• The South Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA is proud to announce the graduation of our 2022 Diakonia students. All are welcome to join us on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at New Life Lutheran Church located at 7564 Cottage Grove Road, Madison WI 53718. Help us celebrate the accomplishments of our wonderful ministry partners.
  • The Diakonia team will be meeting on September 6th to plan for the 22-23 year.  Yes, we’re a little behind schedule so please be patient with us. Thank you to those who completed a survey! Your feedback is important to us and will be used for future planning.

Diakonia Goes Digital! 

The South-Central Synod of Wisconsin is happy to announce that the Diakonia program has gone digital!  All courses will be offered via Zoom. 

We are excited about this opportunity to engage more students in our program.  It breaks down what formerly could have been barriers for members of our congregations to participate.  Students participate from their home computers, so the time commitment is the class time itself.  There is no need for travel, no need for childcare, so it is easier to fit class time into your already busy live

The diakonia® program consists of 12 different, five week courses.  Classes are held via distance learning technology from the convenience of your home with an instructor and other students using your computer and internet connection.  Classes meet once a week for three hours.

Students may participate in 1 to 6 courses a year.  Upon successful completion of all 12 courses, students are invited to participate in a graduation ceremony.

Courses are taught by pastors and/or lay professionals particularly skilled in that area of instruction or ministry.

Classes combine theological knowledge with practical skills.  Assignments and readings aim to be relevant while also developing a solid background on the topic.

All students are encouraged to work at their own level of theological knowledge, academic training, and experience in ministry. All courses are pass/fail. If auditing the course, and not a graduate, you will need to pay course fee.

Is Diakonia Right for You?  Ask yourself:

  • Are you looking for a deeper faith life?
  • Have you been wondering what God has in mind for you?
  • Do you want to be better equipped for Christian service?

If you answered, “Yes” to any of these questions, diakonia® may be just what you’re looking for!

About diakonia®

The primary theme and focus of the diakonia® experience is found in this word of Scripture:

“Let the one who would be great among you be your servant (Diakonos).”

The diakonia® program is a process of spiritual formation and theological education for baptized members of the ELCA or anyone wishing in good faith to study these teachings.  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 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.

Assignments reflect the understanding that students are already busy in their families, jobs, and parish, typically 3-5 hours of study per week.

Online Registration

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Online Payment

If you would like to pay your tuition electronically via credit card or e-check please click on the button below and you will be directed to our Synod giving portal. Please select “Diakonia” in the “To:” field.


If you are interested in teaching a diakonia course(s) or are a returning instructor please click on the link below to indicate your interest and availability for our 2021-2022 courses:

Are You Interested?
If you or someone you know is interested in being a student or teacher, you can view our upcoming 2021-2022 course offerings below. You can also register online as a student or as a potential instructor by using the links to the right.

Classes start in September…if you have questions about enrolling please call or text Diakonia registrar, Linda Wullf at 920-210-2675. Enrollment/registration is handled online via the online registration links.

All rostered who are interested in teaching a class please complete the “Instructor Interest Form” on this page and contact Diakonia Coordinator, Barb Zimmerman at 608-535-0264