In strong partnerships, each partner has something important to contribute. Paul knows that the church in Philippi supports him through prayer (vs. 19), and will also “stand firm” (vs. 27) for the gospel. Paul realizes that his encouragement and teaching are also important to the church (vs. 24). Together, as partners, Paul and the church encourage and pray for each other and work from their strengths to advance the gospel together.
Diaconal Ministries Canada has an excellent website with many good resources for their deacons. Although it's not an Anglican church, they have a very well-worked-out understanding of diaconal ministry under 4 headings: compassion, justice, stewardship and community ministry. The following comes from their series of 12 devotions for deacons, concerning the nuts and bolts of … Continue reading DEVOTIONS FOR DEACONS: partnership
A lively discussion has sprung up on our Facebook page about the indifference of the Church of England, by and large, to its deacons (an ongoing topic!) and the necessity of constantly explaining who we are. I'm relieved that we now have several places where people can find out about 'distinctive' deacons, but what's clear … Continue reading WAIT! WHAT’S A DEACON?