The Diaconate

Online with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL): September 14 – November 2, 2020

Videoconferences: This course does not include videoconferences.

The Diaconate is an online course for deacons, deacons in formation, and those wishing to be better grounded in a sound understanding of The Sacred Order of Deacons including especially, members of local discernment committees and members of Commissions on Ministry.

The course will consider the history of the Order of Deacons—what is helpful and what is not; the ecclesiology of orders, the distinctive experience of the diaconate in The Episcopal Church, how and why deacons engage in ministry and leadership, and finally, a brief look at the diaconate seen ecumenically.

Among other things, the course is specfically designed to meet the formation goals implicit in the Title III formation area, “Diakonia and the diaconate”

Outcomes:  Those who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • give a brief history of the distinctive development of the Sacred Order of Deacons in The Episcopal Church
  • explain why and how the deacon speaks “in a distinctive voice.”
  • practice essential elements of authentic servant leadership and diaconal self-care
  • distinguish deacons in The Episcopal Church from the understanding and practice of deacons in other Christian expressions

Required Texts:
Ormond Plater, Many Servants: An Introduction to Deacons, 2nd Edition, Cowley
Susanne Watson-Epting, Unexpected Consequences: The Diaconate Renewed, Morehouse

Instructor: Dr. Rod Dugliss