After completing Iona Olympia School, deacons will be able to:
Function effectively within their communities:
- Describe the different roles of presbyters, bishops, lay persons and deacons and demonstrate this understanding by working productively in community
- Effectively use available tools to assess and synthesize the community within and outside church walls
- Demonstrate their skills in listening not just to what communities say, but perceiving undercurrents that impact their actions.
- Introduce and teach methods that allow congregations to discern
- Describe the trends related to diverse populations in the diocese and use appropriate measures to ensure communities are culturally competent
Understand our Anglican tradition
- Describe the overall outline of the Book of Common Prayer; demonstrate its use in liturgy; discuss how the BCP expresses the theology of the Episcopal Church
- Demonstrate liturgical and canonical fluency
- Describe how the deacon’s liturgical role reflects the deacon’s role outside church walls
Be empowered deacons
- Analyze the term, “diaconal voice.” and apply one’s understanding of it to the deacon’s life in the community.
- Articulate an understanding of the history and theology that underlies the ministry of deacons. This will be demonstrated by an ability to be comfortable and secure in the diaconate role.
- Embody the prophetic role of a deacon by helping communities let go of their past, acknowledge the present, and see their future.
- Define the boundaries of a deacon’s ministry in one’s local communities
Develop a healthy rule of life
- Ensure that processes and support people are in place for healthy self care.
- Develop an individual rule of life to maintain a balance between current life/family responsibilities, work schedule and other circumstances.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of time periods, key writers, key figures, and themes in the books of the Bible.
- Understand how history and culture affects our understanding of Scripture
- Effectively use tools available to explore Scripture.
Apply Scripture to real life
- Integrate Scripture into personal life
- Trace the history of the diaconate, from biblical and early church roots, through the middle ages, and including changes since the reformation. Consider exemplary deacons in each period.
- Develop and maintain respect for other points of view
Understand and reflect theologically
- Describe different models of theological reflection and be able to apply a model to issues in your ministry
- Understand diverse spiritual practices.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the different disciplines of Christian theology.
- Prepare and deliver homilies
- Build healthy teams
- Communicate clearly