LOVE YOUR DDO 2023: how to be a resource!

So the Deacons’ Network Steering Group would like to invite you to take part in what we're calling 'Love your DDO 2023'.  Taking into account just how busy our DDOs are, it may be helpful for us to offer to be resource people for them, on behalf of the diaconate. Here are a few practical suggestions for your consideration: feel free to adopt or adapt, according to your situation!

Advent, Deacons and the humility of God

the Son of God teaches us that humility means not clinging to things, things that might even be ours by right. Therefore, for us who are baptized into the life of the Trinity and ordained into the servanthood of Christ, we must be similarly kenotic: no honor, glory, reputation, status.

The Deacon in the Workplace: the servant leader

A recent example of this has been the need to restructure the organisation following the ending of a significant government contract. This meant losing people from the organisation that I had worked closely with over a number of years. In essence, the challenge, as a leader, is this. Is it possible to take away an individual’s livelihood in a ‘Christian way’? For me the fundamental difference is that as a Christian, I believe people are made in God’s likeness and that Christ died for them. This focusses my mind on their intrinsic worth and in consequence, how individuals should be treated.