More than 30 years ago, the Church Interpreter Training Institute (CITI) was established to improve the skills of interpreters in church settings in signing the Word of God to people who are Deaf in Christian congregations. As a Christian ministry, provided by the joint partnership of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Lutheran Friends of the Deaf (LFD), founder of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, CITI has equipped hundreds of church interpreters to serve the Christian Church.
In keeping with its commitment to offer regional workshops for church interpreters around the United States, LFD will offer a nine-day intensive workshop on the CTSFW campus, 6600 N. Clinton St., June 25–July 3, 2017. The cost of the program is $1,000 (US) for commuters (includes lunch only) and $1,500 (US) for residential students (includes dorm and all meals). More information and online registration is available at millneck.org/citi-2017, registrations are due by June 1. For questions, contact the CITI office on the CTSFW campus at CITI@ctsfw.edu or call 260.452.2283.
Courses will include linguistics, history of Deaf Ministry models, Deaf Missions, working with the pastor, video relay and technology, basic religious vocabulary, and interpreting liturgies, Scripture lessons, church music and sermons. Students will also have the opportunity to sign parts of worship services during the Seminary’s daily chapel. This year’s staff includes a pastor and a deaconess, who have each been involved in Deaf Ministry for more than 20 years, and two Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf nationally certified interpreters, who are also involved in Deaf Ministry.
It is estimated that approximately 95 percent of Deaf people do not attend any church. CITI exists to equip church members, professional church workers and American Sign Language interpreters through specialized instruction to assist and serve the Christian Church in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who are Deaf, both informally and in worship settings.