From 2020 we will be exploring the diaconate. This marks an intentional period of investigation and promotion which we hope will recognise and encourage the diverse ministry of deacons.
John Collins describes deacons as "heralds of Christ's kingdom". This phrase will underpin our celebration of the diaconate. A herald is an envoy or messenger, and one of the traditional roles of a deacon is the distribution of communion (in and beyond the church). Therefore, we have developed a logo which seeks to capture that emphasis on communication (both the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ and the sharing of the sacrament).
Our first step will be to send a survey out to our deacons and invite them into a discussion - they are after all the experts.
So, please pray for our deacons and their ministry. Pray also that God calls people to this critical office in our Diocese.
- Deacons Aotearoa website
- Deacon by design: The ups and downs of an Anglican deacon by Church of England deacon Gill Kimber;
- Remain in Me: Holy Orders, Prayer, and Ministry by Roman Catholic deacon James Keating; and
- Women: Icons of Christ by Phyllis Zagano.
Deacons' Training Days 2021
All evens are held on Saturdays from 10-3pm. Morning tea and lunch are provided. Registration is critical to ensure appropriate hospitality is available.
- March 6: Taranaki Cathedral of St Mary - Heralds of the Kingdom (the deferred 2020 event)
- May 15: Taranaki Cathedral of St Mary - Prophets: Creation and Environment
- May 22: Waikato Cathedral of St Peter - Prophets: Creation and Environment