What you should know if you think you hear a call to the diaconate.
What to know if you’re the rector or vicar of a person exploring a call to the diaconate.
What you should know if you’re asked to serve on a parish committee for the diaconate or asked to help form one.
• The School for Deacons
- The curriculum for The School for Deacons is designed to be faithful to the Anglican tradition of an educated clergy. A rigorous course of study, taught by seminary professors, equips students with the academic and practical knowledge necessary for their ministry as deacons in the church and the world.
- The three-year program meets on Saturdays throughout the academic year covering the seven canonical areas required for ordination to the Diaconate: Holy Scripture, Church History, Christian Theology, Christian Ethics and Moral Theology, Studies in Contemporary Society including racial and other minority groups; Liturgics; and the Theory and Practice of Ministry.
- A Liturgics Practicum and a Homiletics Practicum, an additional unit of New Testament and a Pastoral Theology unit have all been added to the curriculum to further enhance the education of our deacons in training.The tuition fee of $750 is due before the start of each semester.
• General Resources
Diaconal Discernment Kit: Designed for parish committees, these four documents are also helpful for people considering the ministry of a deacon. Some are available in Spanish.
- The Diaconate Past, Present, and Future: by Thomas Ferguson, Associate Deputy for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations at the Episcopal Church Center. Published here with permission.
- Publications and Links