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Diaconate : A Full and Equal Order - Monroe Barnett


A Full and Equal Order


Published: 1st December 1994
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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.

."..James Monroe Barnett's writing on the diaconate has come at a critical time in the history of contemporary Christianity. Its circulation has not been limited to only one denomination of the Christian church and its scholarship is impeccable. The revised edition reflects Barnett's confidence in his thesis... I recommend the book to anyone who is interested in the practice and theology of the ministry of the church, and especially to those who support the renewal of the diaconate." Kaye Pitman, Director of the Diaconal Formation Program, reviewing for The Beacon Hill Books Reviewer, Vo. 2, No. 2, 1996--Sanford Lakoff "The Beacon Hill Books Reviewer "

Foreword to the First Edition
Preface to the Revised Edition
The Origin, Development, and Decline of the Diaconate
The Nature of the Church - Truly Organicp. 3
Ministry in the New Testament: Sent to Servep. 13
The Diaconate in the New Testamentp. 28
Age of the Apostolic Fathersp. 43
From the Post-Apostolic Age to the Constantinian Erap. 55
The Radical Transition of the Fourth Centuryp. 88
The Renewal of the Diaconate Today with Reflections for the Twenty-first Century
Organisms as the Principle of Renewalp. 129
The Deacon as Symbolp. 137
A Full and Equal Order: Restoring the Diaconatep. 143
The Character and Place of the Diaconatep. 165
Some Considerations Regarding Qualificationsp. 182
The Functions and Training of the Deaconp. 190
The Wholeness of the Churchp. 217
Appendixp. 218
Select Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9781563380938
ISBN-10: 1563380935
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st December 1994
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 16.6  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised