The vocational diaconate as a vehicle for pioneer ministry: Rev Dr Richard Tiplady

It must be clearly stated that Deacons, while being communicant members of congregations, having a liturgical ministry and dovetailing with the work of presbyters, are primarily a task force at the disposal of the Bishop, for work, most of which is out in the world. They have their proper place in a diocesan rather than a congregational strategy of mission. They are a pioneer corps rather than auxiliaries to share the load of existing intra-congregational ministries

“We don’t need deacons any more.”

We deacons get used to people questioning our identity and purpose.  It's not only individuals who fail to understand:  sometimes a diocese will simply ignore our vocation and seem unable to fathom it or understand how it fits in with other ministries. It can be upsetting and distressing. All this is far too common in the life of the #distinctivedeacon.  To counter it, we've asked Bishop James Newcome to tell us how he sees the place of the diaconate in the life of the diocese.

Only Connect: distinctive deacon conference

‘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

DEACONS INTERRUPTED: Deacons in Discussion with Al Barrett and Ruth Harley

I'm delighted to say that we are offering DEACONS INTERRUPTED, an autumn zoom for distinctive deacons - and anyone interested - to discuss the diaconal elements of Al Barrett's and Ruth Harley's best-selling book, Being Interrupted.  This book is making waves this year, and is a radical look at how we do mission.  It's a long time since I was so excited by a book ! - because so much of it turns out to be diaconal.

POSTPONED UNTIL 2021: DEACONS’ CONFERENCE 2020

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deacons-on-the-move-2020-tickets-77728031635?aff=ebdssbdestsearch DEACONS ON THE MOVE 2020 Description "A magnificent conference!" "Wonderful!" "Congratulations on a very good day." "An incredible success." "Fantastic day, I really feel excited about the future!" "An excellent gathering – inspiring!" Just some of the comments following our 2018 conference! Building on this success, booking is now open for the second National … Continue reading POSTPONED UNTIL 2021: DEACONS’ CONFERENCE 2020