Deacon Canon Michael Jackson,(Anglican Church of Canada)
who is at the forefront of ecumenical scholarship on the diaconate, has kindly shared this article with us from Consensus, a Canadian Journal of Public Theology.
Here’s a taster from Michael’s contribution:
The Lutheran practice of seminary training and church employment means that deacons are better prepared and the diaconate is more professional. And there is no question of confusion and overlap between the roles of deacons and pastors. It would be an asset to Anglicans if there were more deacons employed by the Church, contributing a diaconal perspective and countering the notion that the only “real” ministers are priests.