The story of Theodore Fliedner and his Deaconesses, his vision to train women in Nursing so that they can serve God in Church. Today there are 60,000 women working as Protestant deaconesses mostly in Europe. Among these are 25000 women associated with the Kaiserwerth movement. More
Theodore Fliedner a pastor of the Lutheran Church in Kaiserwerth near Duesseldorf founded the first institution in the world to train deaconesses. Deaconesses are women who want to serve full time in the Protestant Church. His vision was to train women in Nursing in order to serve as nurses in hospitals under the Church to show Jesus Christ to patients by their works. He also provided teacher training for deaconesses who wanted to work as teachers. In his life time 1600 women were trained as deaconesses. This grew into a movement and by the middle of the 20th century there were 35000 women working as deaconesses all over the world. Today there are 60,000 women working as Protestant deaconesses mostly in Europe. Among these are 25000 women associated with the Kaiserwerth movement.