Deaf Ministry ASL Training Opportunity

A CITI participant practices his ASL by interpreting the sermon during chapel.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)—Registration is open for the 2019 Church Interpreter Training Institute (CITI) program, for the instruction of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, church members, and professional church workers. CITI teaches its students to interpret the Word of God accurately, as the means of life and salvation for His people. CITI will be held on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW), from June 13–16. Courses include ASL linguistics, facial and body expression, religious vocabulary, Deaf culture, biblical studies, and how to interpret Scripture, liturgy, hymns, and songs. All experience levels are welcome, from beginners to those already certified in ASL through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Cost for the program is $200 for commuters (those who will drive in each day and will cover their own lodging and meals, though this fee does include lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), and $350 for non-commuters. Non-commuter registration includes lodging and meals from Thursday breakfast through Sunday breakfast. Registration for CITI closes on May 24.

To learn more and to register, go to For additional questions or concerns, contact Deaconess Heidi Sias at CITI is owned and run by Lutheran Friends of the Deaf, the organization that also funds the Deaf Ministry courses at CTSFW. Lutheran Friends of the Deaf is a part of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations. You can learn more at