I’m absolutely delighted to post this paper from the Rt Rev James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, on the case for the distinctive diaconate. Recently Bishop James held a two-day conference on the diaconate in his diocese, and is committed to its necessity to the missional task of the church.
+James’ paper is a masterly overview of the history and the issues, with a clarity of direction which will rejoice the heart of every distinctive deacon.
It runs to several pages, so I have scanned the first page only. Follow the link for the whole document. It is well worth reading in its entirety.