Thank you for stopping by this page. It is designed to be a resource page for deacons and those in discernment for the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon.
IN DISCERNMENT FOR THE DIACONATE?
There's a process that happens, both within the church, and within you, and that process takes time! Be patient, as God's call is persistent. Below are some resources:
Congregational Discernment Committee: People aspiring to be ordained as a deacon are considered aspirants. You need to start by having a congregational discernment committee at your parish. Check with the rector to see if a committee has recently been trained. If you have no committee, or no recent training, your first step is to get a group trained. For more information about discernment training, check with any member of the Commission on Ministry for the Baptized Information linked here.
The Academy for Formation and Mission: High quality classes you'll need to demonstrate competencies for being a deacon. The classes are also great for continuing education for all deacons, or for lay leaders.
Although there are many steps to go through, eventually, you'll want to be aware of what is required in the Ordination Manual
- 2021-2022 Covenant for Diaconal Ministry between the Bishop, Deacon, and Congregation.
- Association for Episcopal Deacons - The Association for Episcopal Deacons (AED) is a national organization for deacons. Their website and conferences are invaluable. There are deacons in all states, who've had many of the same issues and challenges as you. Check out the website, and consider becoming a member.