The Orientation Seminar welcomes the new class into community and begins their journey to understand what it means to commit to diaconal ministry.  The new class joins returning students who begin a few days earlier.

Seminar weeks are centered in prayer and worship, theology study, learning about diaconal ministry, building community with other students, individual meetings with the LDA staff, and time for personal reflection.  Students attend Annual Seminars every year during formation. The Spring Seminar may be co-ed while the Fall Seminar is reserved for women.

Next Orientation Seminar dates:student guidance



Applications due on May 1, 2014, for Aug. 2014 seminar
New students: Aug. 14-21, 2014
Returning students: Aug. 13 - 20. 4, 2014

Future Orientation Seminar dates:


Applications due on Nov. 1, 2014, for Feb. 2015 seminar
students: Feb. 26 - Mar. 5, 2015
Returning students: Feb. 25 - Mar. 3, 2015

Applications due on May 1, 2015, for Aug. 2015 seminar

New students: Aug. 
Returning students:  


For more information, contact Director of Education and Formation,  219-464-6925, or

For application forms, click here.