Welcome to the Deacon blog!
The Church of England has a secret. There are two types of deacons. (Who knew?) ‘Type A’ is the one we’re familiar with: curates are ordained deacon for their first year, then usually ordained priest. However, there are some of us who are convinced that God calls us to remain deacons, and develop a diaconal ministry.
‘Distinctive’ Deacons (as ‘Type B’ deacons are called) in the church of England are forward-looking, outward-reaching, community-minded and missional. Although we are deeply-rooted in the church, as we have been since the days of Acts 6, the focus and range of our ministry takes place outside the church in the community, and on the margins of church and society. Issues of justice and poverty are dear to us.
Our vocation and ministry are not well understood by the Church of England in general, and there are very few resources for deacons, who can find themselves isolated and lacking in support. The blog sets about redressing this situation, by creating, finding and sharing news, resources, stories, reflections, poems and reports. We also take a sideways glance at what other denominations do with their deacons.
I hope you find this blog useful and informative, and I welcome comments, contributions and suggestions. Views expressed are the deacons’ own.
Rev Deacon Gill Kimber (Editor)
Warden of the College of St Philip the Deacon
Diocese of Exeter
You can reach me at this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I also tweet @WardenGill
Church of England website: scroll down for ‘distinctive deacons’ https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/vocations/whats-your-calling/called-ministry#na
Diocese of Exeter diocesan (distinctive) deacons’ web page: http://exeter.anglican.org/ministry/vocations/diocesan-deacons/