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Diakonia is for any person who wants a more complete, more well rounded faith experience.  It is a faith formation resource. It’s for all levels of faith formation…from knowing little to knowing a lot…it doesn’t matter.

diakonia students are committed to serve through the Church in a variety of ways: teaching, administration, liturgical leadership, action for social justice, evangelism, visitation of the sick, community organization, youth work, ministry among the elderly, and the like. In every way, they seek–and are helped by diakonia–to grow closer to the image and example of Christ the servant.

The first diakonia class in Florida was organized under the auspices of the Florid-Bahamas Synod with classes beginning in September of 2006 at four locations:  Brandon, Jacksonville, Ormond Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. The first Graduation Eucharist was held at Apostles Lutheran Church in Brandon on May 31st, 2008.The presenter and homilist for the graduation was the Rev. Stephen Bouman, the founder of diakonia which began in Queens, NY in 1977.  Also in attendance at that first Graduation Eucharist was Florida-Bahamas Bishop Edward Benoway and future Bishop, then Assistant to the Bishop and Bishop’s representative to the diakonia Steering Committee, the Rev. Robert Schafer.  The 37 members of that first graduating class of diakonia was the largest graduating class in Florida and the entire ELCA.
As of June, 2021 there have been over 200 diakonia graduates in the Florid-Bahamas Synod.  Of these seven have continued on into ordained ministry.
Are you one of our next graduates?

Each year diakonia hosts a retreat prior to the graduation ceremony.  This retreat is open to anyone who is, was, or interested in diakonia.

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