‘Standing at the church door’: The role of the diaconate

While the role of deacon in the church can be traced back to the book of Acts and through a period of flourishing in 100-600 CE, the revival of this ministry in the Anglican church is a fairly recent phenomenon. According to the diocese of New Westminster Deacons Handbook, the 1968 Lambeth conference acknowledged the diaconate as a ministry “necessary to the Church of Christ” and recommended no longer regarding the diaconate as an inferior order. Since then, lifelong or vocational deacons, who are ordained in but not employed by the church, have been a growing presence in the Anglican Church of Canada. But what exactly does this vocation encompass?…[read more].