My book Deacon by Design – the Ups and Downs of an Anglican Deacon
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This is the story of my extraordinary call to the distinctive diaconate and the challenges and joys over the years of being a deacon in the Church of England today, both here and in Europe. I wrote it to encourage deacons and those interested in the diaconate, and to say to the Church of England that this is a true and profound calling by God and needs to be taken seriously as a valuable contributor to mission and ministry, and so should be given space and support to flourish.
Foreword by the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome
‘Honest, personal, determined, Gill recounts a lifetime of adventures with God to help us rediscover the ministry of the diaconate.’ The Rt Rev Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth
‘Ordinands should take note and learn from this story, as should those who continue to hurl the insult ‘when are they going to become proper priests?’ Even more, this is for DDOs who are still baffled by diaconal enquirers who do not fit another ministry mould.’ The Revd David Mann, Diocesan Director of Ordinands, diocese of York
‘Gill Kimber’s honest and vivid memoir illustrates the opportunities, joys and demands of diaconal life’ The Revd Canon Rosalind Brown, Canon Emerita, Durham Cathedral and author of ‘Being a Deacon Today’.