The Diaconate, Diakonia, and Why They Matter to the Church

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9am – 3pm in Collegeville, MN,

Followed by a Deacon Call Conversation hosted by the Commission for the Diaconate — more details to come about this portion of the day.

Participants in this workshop will review the history of deacons, deaconesses, and the revival of the diaconate over the last 150 years. We examine how the office and leadership of deacons has changed over time and how the urbanization, industrialization and mass-consumption of the 19th Century prompted a revival of the diaconate. We will also look at the diaconate among some of our ecumenical partners and neighbors.

Required Texts

Susanne Watson Epting. Unexpected Consequences: The Diaconate Renewed. New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2015. (available new and used on-line) Please read the whole short book before the workshop. Every ordained leader in the church needs to know this book, and you may have already worked with it. If you cannot read the whole thing before we meet, please examine the chapter titles in the Table of Contents and read the Preface and Chapters 1, 8 and 9.

Jeannine Olson, Deacons and Deaconesses through the Centuries, Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1, available for free here as a pdf :Olson 1992 pp3-49 landscape

2017-04 BAP 3Bradley Peterson, PhD, is a historian of Christianity who teaches history of Christianity for the Episcopal School for Deacons and for the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, both in Berkeley, California. He specializes in the 16th Century Reformation. His additional interests include monastic life, ordained ministry, liturgy and, more recently, Christianity’s theological and practical responses to the economic and social changes of the 19th Century.

Want to try out an online course too? Enroll in Church History: Wisdom for Mission Today .

Cost: FREE. Donations welcome to offset the cost of lunch and leadership!

Register here.