- Learning Outcomes
- Materials Required
- Set Texts
- Recommended Reading
This Course is based on this Study Guide, ‘The Diaconate in the Church: History and Renewal’. We consider the varieties of functions which deacons have exercised throughout the centuries and, in particular, formative centuries in which the ministry was shaped. Special attention is given to the renewal of the diaconate in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and to the development of the diaconate in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Contemporary issues will be noted, and students invited to contribute to the discussion of the future of the diaconate.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- discuss relevant biblical texts on ministry and the relevant historical texts which reveal the theology and practice of the diaconate in the early church
- outline the changes that took place in the diaconate from early foundational years until the 19th century and discuss their significance for the church and for the diaconate today
- discuss the re-emergence of the diaconate in the 19th Century and how theological, historical and cultural contexts have influenced its development particularly in this country
- discuss contemporary issues related to the diaconate in its role in the church and in relation to their own ministry.
As offered by the National Deacon School (2015) this study will be assessed through:
- a short worksheet sent to the tutor after each topic
- one 1000 word research project
- student self-evaluation of learning at the end of the Course.
These three assignments together will qualify for Successful Completion of Course.
The materials required for this study consist of:
- this Study Guide
- three set texts available to borrow from Theology House in Christchurch, Kinder Library at St Johns College Auckland or from the tutor.
Olsen, Jeannine. E. Deacons and Deaconesses Through the Centuries, (Revised Edition of One Ministry Many Roles ) Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005. Please note that although page numbers will be given for the 1992 version the revised edition of the Olson text is more comprehensive and is the recommended text.
Barnett, J. The Diaconate: A Full and Equal Order, (Revised edition), Pennsylvania: Trinity Press International, 1995.
Plater, Ormonde, Many Servants: An Introduction to Deacons, (rev. ed.) Massachusetts: Cowley Publications, 2004,
In each section, there are some further reading suggestions. Originally this Course was accompanied by a weighty volume of collected extracts. If you wish to purchase a copy of any one article or even the whole selection please contact me and we will discuss the cost of copying and postage. The material is interesting but not necessary.
Further RECOMMENDED READING
Deacons in the ministry of the Church: A report commissioned by the House of Bishops, Church of England, 1988
The Deacon’s Ministry, Edited by Christine Hall, Gracewing Publ., 1992.
Deacons and the Church: Making connections between old and new. Collins, John N. Gracewing, England, 2002
If you have not studied the history of the early church you would find a basic introduction useful to read. See The Early Church: From the beginnings to 461 by WHC Frend, SCM Press, 1991, or other similar reading.