Methodist deacon David Clark tells us
I became a deacon at 71 – moving into the Methodist Diaconal Order after many years as a Methodist presbyter – because for many years my work had been on the boundary of church and society, in my case in education. [I wonder what that says about the theology of a transitional diaconate?] I am all for our ministries reflecting where life has taken us – being a Christian is an exciting and on-going journey of discovery.
It would, of course, never happen in the Church of England. Once a priest, always a priest, and most priests would regard becoming a deacon again as a ‘retrograde’ step. We are a very long way from equality of ministries.
Another good reason for unity with the Methodists, perhaps!