Deaconesses of the Lutheran Deaconess Conference with their training centre at the Lutheran Deaconess Association (LDA), Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, have faithfully served the ELCIC.
ELCIC women who are training through the LDA, Valparaiso, Indiana, follow the ordinary application and endorsement procedures with their synodical CTEL and may be rostered as diaconal ministers following a successful final evaluation, call and consecration according to the requirements of the ELCIC. Consecration as a deaconess of the LDA does not qualify as consecration to the diaconal ministry of the ELCIC. The rite of consecration of diaconal ministers in the ELCIC is conducted by the bishop after a call has been received and accepted. The two rites may be combined.