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The IDENTITY of a DEACON

 

  • The deacon is a catalyst for the church's diaconal ministry.
  • The deacon cannot possibly perform that service alone.
  • The deacon models diaconal ministry in the world, but more importantly, the deacon challenges, arouses, trains and sends forth committed laity to serve the festering sores of society and to fight against and change its injustices.
  • The deacon must spend at least as much time in the church as outside it.

In contrast to the deacon, the laity's primary place of presence will always be in the world. The focus of the deacon's ministry is both in the church and in the world as one who enables the church's redemptive healing of society. The focus of the laity's ministry is in the world - the place where they are called to use their gifts to "bear witness to Christ and to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation's (BCP, p. 855)

 

Every congregation should have at least one deacon serving collegially with a priest.

As a ministry team, the deacon and priest nurture, teach, train and send forth the people of God into the world.

One of the reasons that parish priests have had the tendency to burn out is that they have been trying to do a ministry that really belongs to two orders.

The role of the priest and the deacon are separate and distinct but their roles are meant to work together.

The parish partnership of priest, deacon and laity under the authority of the bishop symbolizes and models to the world what it means to be a diverse community in the unity of Christ.

 

The Vocational Deacon's Handbook (.pdf)

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