In a recent edition of the Church Times, the Rev Alan Billings (Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire) perceptively commented on the need for the Church of England, like the police service, to reaffirm its commitment to the locality if it wants to be true to its historic calling. In the article, he rightly observed that the ‘the Church (of England) is territorial and institutional… It is not a missionary movement - which is why the Methodists broke away.’
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This paper is prompted by the fact that the world is facing a unique set of global challenges. It argues that if we do not get our act together, humankind may eventually self-destruct. However, the Christian story, and those acting in response to it down the ages, have left the world with a rich legacy that offers us the chance to survive and flourish.
Methodist deacon David Clark shares his vision of a renewed diaconal movement serving the world. He would welcome your comments. Becoming a diaconal church Over the week-end of March 22nd to 24th this year, I was privileged, as a Methodist deacon, to be invited to lead the annual conference of some two dozen distinctive deacons … Continue reading A DIACONAL CHURCH FOR A WORLD ON LIFE SUPPORT
I'm so pleased that Deacon David Clark's talks are now available through the Diocese of York website. (Thanks to Deacon Liz Carrington) Please note that the talks are wrongly numbered: #3 is in fact the first talk, #1 is second and #2 is third. Becoming a diaconal church: broadening the vision. https://soundcloud.com/dioceseofyork
More about David Clark: David Clark is a Methodist deacon and a member of the Society of Friends. From 1973 - 1990 he was a senior lecturer in community education at Westhill College, Birmingham. During that time he became a leading figure in the Christian Community Movement, establishing the National Centre for Christian Communities and … Continue reading YORK DEACONS’ CONFERENCE: A WEEK TO GO!
As deacons we are pretty starved of resources about our vocation and ministry. But there's good news. Last year there was an international ecumenical conference on the diaconate in Saskatchewan: see report here. As a follow-up, a book is coming out in August this year with all the talks, to be called 'The Diaconate in … Continue reading NEW BOOK ON DIACONATE COMING SOON
Methodist deacon David Clark has asked me to feature this flyer for his new book. David has a clear prophetic vision for a renewed diaconal church, and will be the keynote speaker at the York deacons' conference in March (scroll down for details). His latest publication provides much food for thought. You can follow David's … Continue reading GIFT OF A RENEWED DIACONATE
Methodist deacon David Clark tells us I became a deacon at 71 – moving into the Methodist Diaconal Order after many years as a Methodist presbyter – because for many years my work had been on the boundary of church and society, in my case in education. [I wonder what that says about the theology … Continue reading FROM PRESBYTER TO DEACON
Methodist deacon David Clark has long been a prophet to the church, challenging its assumptions and advocating tirelessly for a radical diaconal church that builds Kingdom communities. With the national discussion well under way about unity between the Methodist church and the Church of England, David shares his personal, fundamental misgivings. 'Hierarchy has had its … Continue reading HIERARCHY HAS HAD ITS DAY