With more than eighteen years’ service as an Anglican deacon and educator, Tara Jernigan has written this book to highlight for today’s deacons, those historical moments that have shaped the Order for two millennia. Historical deacons, who’s cultural and ministry contexts were often vastly different from current times, teach us what it means to be a deacon, and how to wrestle with the less comfortable parts of this vocation and devotional life. In short, they show us what it looks like to be a reflection of Christ, the true Deacon. That, after all, is the call and nature of the diaconate.
This Foundational Order gives voice to those deacons of old who would, each in their turn, come forth to remind the deacons of today what it means to be fully in holy orders, as they serve our Lord and his Church.