The Master of Arts in Diaconal Ministry degree program is ideal for those leaders who feel called to serve on the boundaries of church and world seeking to empower, equip, and support through ministry and mission of the church within society. The degree would equip leaders in carrying out a particular service in one or more areas of specialization such as education, administration, outreach and evangelism, pastoral care, music and the arts. The Master of Arts in Diaconal Ministry degree is designed to provide education and formation for those called to serve as a Deacon on the Word and Service roster of the ELCA and for similar positions in other denominations. The Mission Statement and Twelve Pastoral Practices focus understanding of ministry around the church’s mission to the world.The degree combines academic coursework with the field work that is a requirement of candidacy as a Deacon in the ELCA and other denominations. Normally, students will complete the Master of Arts in Diaconal Ministry degree in three years.

Wartburg Seminary offers three options to complete a Master of Arts in Diaconal Ministry Degree:

Wartburg Seminary, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, welcomes ELCA students along with students from the wide spectrum of Lutheran and ecumenical partners.

Students seeking to serve in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America should consider beginning the candidacy process with their synodical candidacy committee.