Qualities for Discernment - Distinctive Deacon

First published on: 7th April 2020

Qualities for Discernment: Distinctive Deacon

Effective from 2021.


Distinctive Deacon





Love for God

The candidate…

Is reliant on God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and lives out an infectious, life-transforming world-focussed faith

Is rooted in scripture, the worship of the Church and the living traditions of faith

Whole heartedly, generously and attractively engages with God’s world

Is prayerful and studies the Bible

Call to Ministry

The candidate…

Responds to the call of Christ to be a disciple

Understands the distinctive nature of ordained diaconal ministry

Is committed to being a public and representative person of the Church in the forgotten corners of the world

Articulates an inner sense of call grounded in service

Love for People

The candidate…

Welcomes Christ in others, listens, values and respects and has a special care for those in poverty and the marginalised

Builds relationships which are collaborative and enabling

Shows God’s compassion and care in the world in multifaceted contexts and with social agencies

Has empathy and is aware of how others receive them


The candidate…

Is inquisitive, curious and open to new learning that connects church and world

Shows instinctively collaborative leadership that enables healthy churches to be bridge-builders in their communities

Is robust and courageous in reflecting the world to the Church and the Church to the world

Is a mature and integrated person of stability and integrity


The candidate…

Embraces the different and animates others to be witnesses and servants

Shows the capacity to exercise diaconal sacramental and liturgical ministry and effective and enabling teaching ministry

Is a storyteller of God’s love and agent of God’s kingdom of justice

Has resilience and stamina


The candidate has potential to…

Grow in faith and to be open to navigating the future in the company of Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit

See the big picture in their context and, within it, enable a Christian community to serve

See where God is working in the world and to read the signs of the times

Be adaptable and agile

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