I am grateful for the generosity of resources, hospitality and welcome that the Methodist Diaconal Order offered to us as guests from different denominations: for their openness to listen to the ‘outsiders’ voices, and for the treasures gathered.
place of the diaconate in the diocese.
The overlooking of the particular ministry of deacons is almost certainly due to a particular kind of clericalism – the association of ‘priesthood’ with ‘leadership’, and the propensity to collapse general talk of vocation into the particular calling to the ordained ministry of priest.
What does seem to be clear, however, is that there is a definite need and place within the emerging Church for bridge-builders and ambassadors, for prophets and activists, for servant ministers and community healers and for those who are prepared to step into the ambiguity and “liminality” of the spaces where “Church” and “World” may intersect or be in dialogue with each other. And this is exciting.
‘Only Connect’ Distinctive Deacon Conference, Wydale Hall, Diocese of York 4-6th March 2022 Wydale, near Scarborough, was a beautiful setting for our first face to face gathering for two years. It was a joyful occasion shared by 26 participants including 5 enquirers and 1 ordinand. We were joined by deacons from Dioceses as far apart … Continue reading Only Connect: distinctive deacon conference
The in-church hospitality aspect of diaconal ministry holds a particular value to me. Understanding hospitality as an expression of love, care and welcome has been foremost in my mind when being ‘at the door’ of my own home and the church building.
Baptisms As the Declarations say, 'They accompany those searching for faith and bring them to baptism.' So #distinctivedeacons should be fully involved in helping people to come to faith in Christ, encouraging them in that faith, and learning how to prepare them for baptism
As #distinctivedeacons we are called to serve the needy and give a voice to those who have none. Many of us are involved in our local food banks in different ways. But are we asking the best questions?
We would honour you, Messiah who healed, with the hem of your garment with the crumbs under the table, with the loaves and fishes banquet. Holy One, it is good for us to remember these things: our story enfolded in your story.
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.