The Archdeacons and Deacon Directors conference is meeting this week in Atlanta, and one topic of discussion is how to mentor younger people who are exploring the diaconate and also how to mentor those who are in training and newly ordained as deacons.
Dioceses are experimenting with several approaches. Some dioceses, like Maryland, have a larger community of deacons already, and a team approach is being explored. Others, including some that are geographically widespread, like Montana, are working on one-on-one mentoring relationships.
An open discussion focusing on the topic of mentoring provided a chance for deacons in dioceses across the Episcopal Church to share resources about what they are doing.
You may be exploring who deacons are – or you may already be a deacon who would like to talk to more experienced deacons. Or you may be a more experienced deacon interested in how to support new deacons.
If this topic interests you, contact us!
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