Project ID: LM0006-65011
Twenty-five ladies from five countries gathered for Latin America & the Caribbean’s pilot deaconess intensive in 2016. Afterward, they needed little urging to promote Concordia the Reformer Seminary and Mercy Center’s (CMSCR) diaconal formation program, and the number of women preparing to follow in the footsteps of Priscilla, Phoebe, and others has swelled to over 100.
Effective, well-rounded ministry sees pastors and deaconesses working in harmony. Deaconesses care for members and engage in community outreach, leveraging acts of mercy to point to the Word fitly spoken and the Sacraments rightly administered by pastors. This symbiotic paradigm underscores Witness and Mercy as parts of a triad whose capstone is Life Together. From disability ministry in the Dominican Republic to a soup kitchen in Mexico to teaching Sunday school in Guatemala, examples of deaconess students tending to the whole person abound.
Deaconess formation will intertwine itself ever more inextricably with pastoral formation as CMSCR matures. An online platform is balanced by in-country intensives and mentoring relationships to foster continuation and expansion; to God be the glory for these selfless Kingdom servants: past, present, and future.
Checks should be made out to Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod or LCMS
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Mission Advancement
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
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