"A worshiping and serving community proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ."

Our Address:

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

95 Cambridge Drive

Aberdeen, New Jersey 07747

Like us on Facebook!

Diakonia Program

What is Diakonia?

Diakonia's Vision: To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." (Ephesians 4:12)

Our Mission: Diakonia is an education program to provide spiritual formation to men and women desiring to deepen their understanding of the faith so they might become empowered servants of the Lord.

Diakonia is a ministry that will help you...

  • Serve those Jesus called "the least of these"
  • Discover your spiritual gifts
  • Respond to God's urgings
  • Develop relationships with other Christians
  • Grow in Faith

How does the Diakonia Program operate?

  • Diakonia runs a series of 12 five-week courses in a small group setting. They are offered every two year on a continuing basis. Courses can be taken in any order. Subjects include: Biblical, theological and practical ministry focuses. Those who have participated found it an amazing opportunity to grow in their personal faith, learn about the Bible and our Lutheran heritage and explore their gifts of the spirit. Our students have come from many communities.

Is it just a series of classes?

  • It is much more than that. An annual retreat is offered and is open to all current and former students from all New Jersey locations. It includes time for worship, discussion, reflection, conversation, recreation and program planning.
  • Each year a one-day renewal and education opportunity is sponsored by NJ Diakonia. It includes a worship service with holy communion and a presentation by a well-known educator.
  • At the end of each academic year a worship service recognizes graduates who have completed the course.

When and where are the classes?

  • Cross of Glory Lutheran Church is one of several congregations throughout the New Jersey Synod that offer this study program.
  • Classes meet on Monday or Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.
  • Classes are held from September through June.
  • The program can be completed in as little as two years. However, some students take several years to complete the series.

What are the classes?

  • Click here for a complete list and descriptions of these courses.

Is there homework?

  • Assignments are based on subject matter and may include: Reading scripture and text book, oral presentation, written presentation, or practical experience.

How much does it cost?

  • $25.00 One-time Registration Fee
  • $50.00 Per Course
  • Textbook costs vary from class to class, but instructors are requested to keep costs below $20.00.

What if I can't afford the costs?

  • Recognizing that some people may experience serious financial limitations, or encounter difficulty after enrolling, financial aid is available upon request and review. Aid may be awarded for tuition, books and/or retreats.

Who are the teachers?

  • Classes are taught by Lutheran Pastors and others who are skilled in their area of instruction and anxious to share their knowledge and love of the Lord.

Where do the students come from?

  •  Diakonia is located at several Lutheran churches throughout the New Jersey Synod. At Cross of Glory we have men and women attending from many area local churches, including:

  • Cross of Glory, Aberdeen
  • Gethsemane, Keyport
  • Good Shepherd, Holmdel
  • King of Kings, Middletown
  • Messiah, Parlin
  • Trinity, Red Bank


For more information on our Diakonia Program or other educational programs for adults, please contact Walter Kain, Location Manager or Church Office at 732.583.118.

go back to the top

go back to the top

Our Sunday Worship Services:

Join us in-person on Sunday Mornings:

-   Sunday Worship Service @ 10:00 AM, 

    with recorded replays available on            Facebook via Videos.

Our E-Newsletter:

Check out our Quarterly E-Newsletter. Just click the link below to read Pastor's Message, Upcoming Events, plus other Notes & News happening this quarter.

Contacting the Church Office: