Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Is God Calling You to Be a Deaconess?

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
~James 3:17-18

In the history of the Church, deaconesses have proved indispensable. In the early Church they were able to engage a hostile world by their service to women, children, slaves, those in poverty, the aged, and the infirm. Our contemporary circumstances continue to cry out for deaconesses, through whom the Church can engage the secular age with a concrete, incarnate, and public ministry of mercy and charity. Theologically trained both in the classroom and in the field, the deaconesses who graduate from this program go out into the world to serve alongside pastors, using their skills to embody Christ’s care in the midst of suffering, and to point those in need back to the church where they may receive Christ’s gifts through the means of grace. Deaconesses serve across a variety of settings, from congregations and health, educational, and military institutions to mission work both here and abroad.

Who is a Deaconess?

Deaconesses Matter

What does it mean to be a servant of mercy? Why is their ministry essential to the Church?

Seminary Matters

There is no better way to be prepared to teach, reach and care for God’s people than by being fully formed through your seminary experience at CTSFW.

Your Service Matters

We live in a world where people are perpetually in need of mercy. As a deaconess you will be a visible presence of the love of Christ in a hurting and dying world.




Community Matters

At CTSFW you will be immersed in community with your brothers and sisters who seek to serve our Lord. From the classroom to the dorm room you will live out the Gospel each and every day together as fellow servants under the Cross.

Being Lutheran Matters

In 1517, a young monk challenged the authority of the Roman Catholic Church on requiring donations for the forgiveness of sins. This dissent gave rise to a renewed understanding of the Gospel as taught by the Scriptures. Today, CTSFW carries on the traditions of the reformers, calling the Church back to its historical confession.

CTSFW Matters

You have options for where you begin your journey. There are a number of reasons that Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne is the best place to be formed for service in our Lord’s Church.

Which Program is Right for Me?

Master of Arts in Deaconess Studies (Residential)

The best way to be formed as a servant of mercy to Christ’s Church.

Master of Arts in Deaconess Studies (Distance)

For women with significant life experience in human care, we offer a program with combined online and residential coursework.

What’s My Next Step?


The best way to get a sense for how you’ll be formed for ministry at CTSFW is to come visit us!

Admission Info

For more information concerning the SMP Admission Process and the Application File Click Here.

Contact Us

Do you have questions? Need some help discerning whether ministry is right for you? Contact our Admission team!

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International Students

CTSFW has students from all around the world. Find out more about becoming an international student at CTSFW.

Dorm Room Tour

The dorms at CTSFW are where you’ll meet many of your classmates and form friendships that will last throughout a lifetime of ministry.