Resources for Diaconia


Deacons in the Liturgy, by Ormonde Plater. (Church Publishing, 2009)

The Diaconate: A Full and Equal Order, by James M. Barnett (T & T Clark, 1995)

Diakonia: Reinterpreting the Ancient Sources, by John N. Collins. (Oxford University Press, 2009)

Diakonia Studies: Critical Issues in Ministry, by John N. Collins. (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Making Connections: Exploring Methodist Deacons’ Perspectives on Contemporary Diaconal Ministry, by Andrew Orton and Todd Stockdale (Sacristy Press, 2014)

Many Servants: An Introduction to Deacons, by Ormonde Plater. (Cowley Publications, 2004)

My Calling to Fulfill: Deaconesses in the United Methodist Tradition, by Mary Agnes Dougherty (United Methodist Women, 1997)

Unexpected Consequences: The Diaconate Renewed, by Susanne Watson Epting (Morehouse, 2015)

The United Methodist Deacon, by Margaret Ann Crain (Abingdon, 2014)


“An Undefinite History of the Lutheran Canadian Diaconal Ministry: A Work in Progress,” by Judy Whaley, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Articles on the history of the diaconate in the United Methodist context,  Quarterly Review (United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Winter 1999)

“Diaconal Vocation and Identity,” by Ted Dodd. (Reprinted by permission from the journal Touchstone.)

Monographs and working papers from the Association for Episcopal Deacons.

“Prophetic Diakonia: ‘For the Healing of the World,'” Lutheran World Federation, 2002

Scholarly works list from Diaconia of the United Church of Canada/Diakonia L’Eglise Unie du Canada.

UMC and Ecumenical Deacon Articles


The Iona Report identifies knowledge and skill areas that can be adapted to local conditions while providing consistent guidelines in how deacons are selected, used, and understood across the Anglican Church of Canada.

To Love and Serve the Lord: Diakonia in the Life of the Church, The Jerusalem Report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission (ALIC III). The Lutheran World Federation and the Anglican Communion, 2012.

Statements of Vision
& Rules of Life

Statement of Vision, Diaconia of the United Church of Canada/Diakonia L’Eglise Unie du Canada.

Rule of Life, Methodist Diaconal Order (Methodist Church in Britain)


The First 20 Years: The United Methodist Full-Member Diaconate


Ormond Plater archived documents 

Book list from Association for Episcopal Deacons

Resources for Reflection from Diakonia of the United Church of Canada/Diakonia L’Eglise Unie du Canada. Articles on community, liturgy, and theology of diaconia.