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Making connections : exploring Methodist deacons' perspectives on contemporary diaconal ministry.

Orton, A. and Stockdale, T. (2014) 'Making connections : exploring Methodist deacons' perspectives on contemporary diaconal ministry.', Durham: Sacristy Press.


Churches are increasingly exploring the potential of diaconal ministry to help them serve wider society in the contemporary context. Those involved in this ministry seek to forge improved connections between churches and the wider communities in which they are located. However, the role of those ordained to be deacons is diverse, challenging and often controversial, both within and outside the Church. This book explores how deacons within the Methodist Church in Britain have understood their own ministry and sought to address these challenges. It draws on innovative research undertaken with the Methodist Diaconal Order over two years. Key questions and implications for practice are provided to help those wishing to reflect further on this ministry. This book makes a significant contribution to the ecumenical debate on diaconal ministry. It offers much that will be of interest to all those seeking to reflect on, understand, engage in or work with those involved in this ministry in their own contexts.

Item Type:Book
Additional Information:This research explored the opportunities and challenges faced by Deacons in the Methodist Church in their ministry, including their own understandings of their work and their experience of the issues and dilemmas that this can raise. The research was carried out in partnership between the Methodist Diaconal Order, Wesley Study Centre, and Durham University and funded by the Methodist Church. Further resources, including the Executive Summary and other related articles, are available at
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Date deposited:08 July 2014
Date of first online publication:May 2014
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