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Overview

This book is a highly readable, comprehensive study that has established itself as the definitive work on the diaconate. Drawing upon original sources, the book provides valuable insights into the development of the office of the deacon in the early church and situates it within the context of the church’s total ministry.

Dr. Barnett contends that a radical change in the nature and understanding of the church’s ministry took place in the fourth century. A ministry that had included the whole people of God in a horizontal, organic structure gave way to one that was clerical and hierarchical. This change, among other factors, eventually transformed the diaconate into an inconsequential, transitional office on the way to the priesthood.

Responding to the present-day revival of the diaconate in the Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, and other churches, Barnett calls for a restoration of the office to its original place as full and equal order, thus re-creating the great symbol of the servant ministry that Christ gave to all the church.

James Monroe Barnett, now living in retirement in Omaha, is the former rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Norfolk, NE.

Reissued by popular demand, here is a highly readable and comprehensive study that has established itself as the definitive work on the diaconate. Drawing upon original sources, the book provides valuable insights into the development of the office of deacon in the early church and situates deaconry within the context of the church's total ministry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563380938
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 728,446
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author


James Monroe Barnett, now living in retirement in Omaha, is the former rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Norfolk, NE.
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Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition
Preface to the Revised Edition
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 The Origin, Development, and Decline of the Diaconate
Ch. 1 The Nature of the Church - Truly Organic 3
Ch. 2 Ministry in the New Testament: Sent to Serve 13
Ch. 3 The Diaconate in the New Testament 28
Ch. 4 Age of the Apostolic Fathers 43
Ch. 5 From the Post-Apostolic Age to the Constantinian Era 55
Ch. 6 The Radical Transition of the Fourth Century 88
Pt. 2 The Renewal of the Diaconate Today with Reflections for the Twenty-first Century
Ch. 7 Organisms as the Principle of Renewal 129
Ch. 8 The Deacon as Symbol 137
Ch. 9 A Full and Equal Order: Restoring the Diaconate 143
Ch. 10 The Character and Place of the Diaconate 165
Ch. 11 Some Considerations Regarding Qualifications 182
Ch. 12 The Functions and Training of the Deacon 190
Ch. 13 The Wholeness of the Church 217
Appendix 218
Select Bibliography 229
Index 245
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