I’m ridiculously excited to announce our national conference for Church of England deacons, DDOs, vocations advisers, diaconal ordinands and enquirers! Our speaker will be Rev Professor Paul Avis, one of our leading theologians, who will explore ‘a Flagship Ministry: Deacons and the Church’s Mission.’
It will take place on 27 October this year. All the details are on Eventbrite, where you can also buy your ticket. But hurry!
A unique day conference bringing together distinctive or ‘permanent’ deacons from all over the UK. Due to the currently small numbers of distinctive deacons in the Church of England, many distinctive deacons find themselves working in relative isolation from one another, often alongside other colleagues who may not fully understand or support their ministry. The aim of this day conference is therefore to enable distinctive deacons to MEET TOGETHER to be encouraged and inspired, and to emerge better equipped to serve God in this rich ministry to which they are called.
We are delighted that our speaker will be the Revd Professor Paul Avis, author of several books on the church, ministry and mission, including A Ministry Shaped by Mission, The Identity of Anglicanism and The Vocation of Anglicanism. Paul will be talking to us about: A Flagship Ministry – Deacons and the Church’s Mission.
There will also be opportunities during the day to hear and be inspired by deacons’ own stories, and to share in worship together.
The conference is being held in the beautiful surroundings of the Woodbrooke Quaker Centre in Selly Oak, Birmingham and is easily accessible by public transport. Further details about the venue along with travel directions can be found on their website at https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/
With little or no training generally available to distinctive deacons at a diocesan level, one of the aims of this conference is to train and equip deacons in their ministry. Delegates are therefore encouraged to talk to their Dioceses about claiming the conference costs from Ministerial Training budgets. Unlimited tea and coffee, freshly baked cakes and biscuits, and lunch are included in the ticket price.