ISSUES Spring 2005

Spring 2005, Vol. 39, No. 1

Lutheran Deaconesses: Their Unique Ministry



  • "Reflections" by the Rev. Brian Friedrich, President
  • “What Do Deaconesses Do Anyway?” by Dcs. Sonja Baumeister
  • "Why the Church Needs Deaconesses" by the Rev. George F. Wollenburg
  • "The Distaff Side of Pastoral Care: The Deaconess as Chaplain" by Dcs. Margaret Anderson


  • "LCMS Deaconesses: Who We Are, How to Become One, and How We Can Enrich Your Congregation or Institution" by Dcs. Theresa List
  • "Deaconesses: Engaging the Church in Diakonia" by Dcs. Kristin Wassilak
  • "Serving Christ by Serving Our Neighbor: Theological and Historical Perspectives on Lutheran Deaconesses" by Sara Bielby and the Rev. Dr. Arthur A. Just, Jr.

Book reviews

  • Alvin J. Schmidt's Under the Influence: How Christianity Transformed Civilization by Dr. Jane Fryar
  • Kenneth Haugk's Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart by Dcs. Gloria DeCuir
  • E. Stanley Ott's Transform your Church with Ministry Teams by Alaina Kleinbeck