"Lead, Enable, Encourage"

Click here to view "Finding the Deacon" - a PowerPoint presentation about raising up Deacons from within their faith communities.

For another PowerPoint presentation on the history and present-day role of the deacon, click here.

Who We Are...

The Diaconate in the Diocese of Northern California is an order of ordained persons serving as mission leaders in assignments within the Diocese as determined by the Bishop. The Deacon is ordained to a separate, distinct and equal order of ministry dedicated to:

- serving and enabling others to serve the needy, the weak, the sick, and the lonely,

- holding before the Church the needs of the world, interpreting those needs to the Church, and enabling baptized persons, to bring the ministry of Christ to the world, through fulfillment of their Baptismal Covenant,

- providing unique faculties of ministry which a Bishop may call upon as an extension of his/her ministry in the world.

A Deacon in each congregation

...that is my goal as Bishop. I have set this goal because I believe the diaconate to be a necessary part of a complete and healthy church. If we are really going to make disciples, raise up saints, and transform communities for Christ in Northern California, we must have effective diaconal ministry in all our congregations

“I hope that your congregation will engage in the important work of discerning diaconal vocations. To that end, Archdeacon Cookie Clark has prepared a guide. I encourage you to make prayerful use of it. May God guide you in this work of helping to strengthen your congregation.”

Yours in Christ,


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