FROM PRESBYTER TO DEACON

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!

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