The nature and purpose of diaconal ministry in changing rapidly in the 21st-century church. Models of ministry are moving from the concept of "humble servant" to "servant leader" within the gathered and scattered community which the deacon serves. The qualities required for ministry in this new diaconate are developed suggesting that if the diaconate is to survive in the 21st-century the modern deacon will need to become a "servant leader/follower" within the community they serve. The writer suggests that "function", or ministry role, follows ontology, i.e. this "servant leadership/followership" comes from who the deacon is (their being), and is expressed in what the deacon does (their doing). In seeking candidates for ordination to the diaconate the writer suggests that the church needs to identify and affirm the gifts an individual brings to ministry, i.e. seeing who they are, before determining their function or role in the ministry context.
|Title of host publication||Called to Minister|
|Subtitle of host publication||Vocational Discernment in the Contemporary Church|
|Place of Publication||Canberra|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|