Being a Deacon Today

Exploring a Distinctive Ministry in the Church and in the World

Rosalind Brown

Jul/2005, 160 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819222015



In very practical and helpful terms, Rosalind Brown explores what it means to be a deacon in today's church. All too often the time spent as a deacon is seen simply as the prelude to priestly ordination. Yet the Bible defines three orders of ministry - deacon, priest, and bishop - each with its own distinctive characteristics and responsibilities.

In Being A Deacon Today, Brown explores the three places where deacons minister (the church, the world, and at the margins), the three strands of their ministry (in liturgy, in pastoral care, and as catechists), and the three actions of their ministry (praying, loving, and remembering).

This book, excellent for classroom use and for transitional and permanent deacons, will restore a fuller understanding of the diaconal ministry and nurture deacons in their work and spiritual life.

Rosalind Brown is a lecturer at the Institute of Theological Education, Sarum College, Salisbury. Previously she was a parish priest working in the Episcopal Church. She is the co-author of To Be a Priest Today.

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