Concordia Lay Deacon Program
The program seeks to train lay leaders for ministries of word and service in the congregations of the ECCE districts. The CLDP consists of 10 online courses offered through Concordia College-New York taken over two years. In addition, Lay Deacons will complete 200 hours of service under the supervision of their pastor.
The Southeastern District is a part of the ECCE Districts are is very pleased to be able to offer this Lay Deacon Program to members of our congregations.
Application form I - Academic Participation (step 1 of the application process)
Guidelines and Application part II
Glossary of Terms.pdf
Program introduction video from President Denninger
How do I apply?
Application is a two-step process. Form I needs to be completed to start taking the first class. During the first class applicants will receive a packet to apply for the Concordia Lay Deacon Program. More information about the process can be found on Form I
How much does the program cost?
Courses are $200/course. There are 10 core courses, which means that students can anticipate spending $2000 on coursework over the two-year program.
Is financial aid available?
Limited financial aid scholarships are available. Considerations for financial aid are handled through the local district office. Please contact LDCoordinator@se.lcms.org for more information
Do I receive college credit for these courses?
No. These are lay training courses.
What do I need to participate in the courses?
You will need a computer with internet access. If you wish to participate in the WebEx conferencing you will also need a webcam and microphone.
The Rev. Matthew Staneck - Associate Pastor of True Light Lutheran Church in Chinatown, New York, and associate editor at Lutheran Forum
A through review of resources [commentaries, historical documents and grammatical tools] teach the student to be an honest, faithful and adept interpreter of Holy Scripture and perceive Christ and His message throughout it.
Teaching the Faith
The Rev. Robert Boehler – Pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and School, Yonkers, New York, and former Campus Chaplain, Concordia-New York
An Examination of the principles and practices of Christian education on the parish level with special attention to the Lutheran perspective, enabling the student to lead Bible classes, catechetical studies, etc.
November 1 – No Class – All Saints Day
Sharing the Faith
The Rev. Dr. Dien Ashley Taylor – Pastor of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, New York; 1st Vice-President, Atlantic District-LCMS; Adjunct professor, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
This course focuses upon the basics of sharing the faith: purpose, theology, preparation , and delivery.
Rev. Dr. E. Johnson Rethinasamy – Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Williston Park, New York. Coordinator of South Asia Disaster Response. Mission Developer, Atlantic District – LCMS
Developing strategies for doing evangelism based upon personal mission statements and leadership style, identifying available resources on the local level, and being able to evaluate a mission situation.
February 14 – No Class
TBD: Rev. Paul Sauer or Dr. Adam Hill
This course is designed to render an understanding of God’s work through the first sixteen centuries of the Church, allowing the student to identify and describe key individuals, events and controversies, as well as their impact upon the Church and world today.
More information is available on the Concordia website but at this time please do not use their application to apply. Students from the Southeastern District need to use the Form I on this website to begin the classes.