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Title: What does it mean to be a distinctive deacon in the Church of England today?
Author: Sorensen, Anna Katrine Elizabeth
ISNI:       0000 0004 7653 9563
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis outlines the history of the distinctive diaconate within the Church of England, and the understanding of the diaconate contained with the Ordinal. It explores the experience of distinctive deacons within the Church of England today. It does so through interviews with a respondent cohort of sixteen distinctive deacons in active ministry. Secondly, this thesis explores the reasons why the distinctive diaconate has failed to grow and flourish. It does so by drawing attention to the ways in which the distinctive diaconate has been misused, and the inability of the Church hierarchy to act upon the recommendations of various reports that is has commissioned. It also explores the effect that collegial relationships, stipendiary status, and methods of deployment have had on this ministry. In its conclusion, this thesis presents an argument for the retention and development of the distinctive diaconate in the ministry of the Church of England.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.P.T.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BV Practical Theology ; BX Christian Denominations