WHAT IS A DEACON in the Episcopal Church?
DEACONS, MISSION & NEW CHURCH STARTS -
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE DIACONATE (NAAD) to
meet in Seattle, June 21-24
NORTH DAKOTA ORDAINS 18 DEACONS THIS SUMMER(2007)
THE 2007 PROGRAM TO RECOGNIZE
DIACONAL MINISTRY IN THE TRADITION OF ST. STEPHEN
1995 NAAD initiated a program of recognizing Deacons and the ministry
they do in the name of Christ. Fifteen deacons were recognized in 1995,
17 in 1999, 16 in 2001, 16 2003, and 9 in 2005. Recommendations for recognition
in 2007 may be made by any Diocese and a Recognition Certificate will
be given at the Biennial Conference in June.
Who may recommend deacons? Deacons may be recommended from any Diocese
by the Bishop, Archdeacon for Deacons, Deacon Program Director, Council
of Deacons or a comparable authority, with the Bishop's approval. One
deacon may be recommended by a diocese in each Conference year. A team
of Deacons may be recognized as a single award with both receiving certificates.
What is the criteria for recognition? The fundamental criteria is that
stated by the Bishop at the ordination of a deacon: Book of Common Prayer,
page 543. The deacons recommended for recognition should exemplify this
charge in their lives and active ministry.
How is a recommendation made? There is a form which outlines the basic
information needed. The form must be signed by the person submitting
it with a notation of his/her position and/or the group making the recommendation.
The endorsement of the Bishop is requested as well. A copy may be obtained
from the Diocesan Office.
Deadline? The Recommendations must be received by April 15 preceding each Conference,
this year, April 15, 2007.
How will the Recognition be made? A Recognition Certificate will be given to
each recipient at a designated event during the Biennial NAAD Conference and
announced in Diakoneo. All Recipients are encouraged to be present at the Conference
to receive their recognition in person.
The Biennial :Being there: Mission for the New Millennium Conference
at Seattle University, in Seattle, Washington, June 21-24. Registration material
will be available later this Spring.