3. Diaconal Programme – Expectations

3.1 At the heart of the Diaconate is a Christian person whose ministry is within a servant community and living and proclaiming the Gospel in the world. The Deacon’s presence, bringing the needs, concerns and hopes of the world to the church, is a living reminder of the community’s call to servant hood. The community of Deacons is to enable the church to be justice makers, truth tellers, advocates and reconcilers in the world.

3.2 After training, education, and formation, and prior to ordination to the Diaconate in the Diocese of Kootenay the candidate will be expected to:

3.2.1 Have completed all the courses listed herein and all the steps in the discernment process.

3.2.2 Manifest a personal spirituality, which demonstrates an integration of body, mind, and spirit working towards wholeness. This spiritual maturity is not only demonstrated in regular participation in the liturgical life of the community, but also in an explicit commitment to spiritual growth, and a disciplined life of prayer. Deacons are encouraged to receive spiritual direction, if possible.

3.2.3 Have a commitment to develop a Discernment group who reports regularly to the Bishop and the Diaconal Commission. (See Appendix A)

3.2.4 Have a healthy attitude towards his/her own personal care, as well as a commitment to forming a support group, which meets regularly with the candidate for prayer, reflection and discussion of ministry, and self care. The support group will serve for one year after ordination. (See Appendix B)

3.2.5 It is possible that, depending on the size of the Parish, these groups will need to be combined. (See Appendix C)

3.2.6 Have an ability to reflect critically and creatively on his/her spiritual, theological and behavioural assumptions, as well as her/his own ministry practice.

3.2.7 Be able to demonstrate competency in the Scriptures and church history. In order to demonstrate that competency, the candidate must have:

  • a basic knowledge of the content of the Scriptures including the Apocrypha
  • the ability to set Scriptural texts in their historical context.
  • a familiarity with resources for scriptural exegesis.
  • a basic familiarity with the development of the Christian church in the West in general, and the Anglican Communion in particular.
  • a familiarity with the history and development of the Anglican Church in Canada.

3.2.8 Be able to demonstrate knowledge of Christian theology especially as it relates to baptismal and diaconal ministry, this will require:

    • a basic knowledge of the primary themes of Christian theology, i.e., the Trinity, the person and work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, Christian hope, and the mission and ministry of the church.
    • an ability to clearly articulate a personal confession of faith.
    • an ability to interpret the baptismal covenant.
    • an ability to articulate a theology of the diaconate in relation to the ministry of all the baptized, and to the ministry of the ordained.

3.2.9 Be able to demonstrate a competency in the area of ethical decision-making. This will require:

  • a familiarity with theological processes of ethical decision-making.
  • an ability to relate the processes of ethical decision-making to ethical questions in the family, congregation, workplace, community, and society.

3.2.10 Be able to demonstrate a competency in Christian worship with a special focus on the deacon in the liturgy. This will require:

  • a familiarity with the structures and general history of Christian worship.
  • an understanding of and ability to exercise diaconal liturgical roles. an ability and commitment to involve and equip others in appropriate liturgical roles.
  • an ability to plan and lead services within the worship tradition of the Anglican Church of Canada.

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