The Methodist Diaconal Order is both an Order of Ministry and a Religious Order within the Methodist Church in the UK. It was formed in 1989 as a successor to the Wesley Deaconess Order History and is open to both women and men. Diaconal ministry is one of two ordained ministries within the Methodist Church. Deacons and Presbyters, Equal but Different.
A Dispersed Community
Currently the Order has over 280 deacons scattered throughout the British Isles who follow a common Rule of Life. They appoint a full time Warden from among their number, meet annually in Convocation and support each other through prayer, friendship and regular Area Groups.
"The deacon's role focusses on bridging the gap between the church and the world"
A Deacon's Role
Deacons are normally appointed to work in Circuits alongside presbyters and lay people. Their role focusses on bridging the gap between the church and the world, and has been described as 'standing in the doorway of the church', keeping the door open both ways. Circuits apply to the Order when they wish to appoint a deacon to join their staffing team. Appointing a Deacon There is scope for a great deal of imagination in the creation of appointments for deacons. Different Styles of Diaconal Ministry.
The Diaconal Centre
The administration of the Order takes place at the Diaconal Centre in Birmingham which is also the Pastoral Centre.
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