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Synonyms for deacon

a Protestant layman who assists the minister

a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches

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Here the term "pastoral" encompasses the ministry practiced by ordained pastors, diaconal ministers, deaconesses, associates in ministry, and other lay leaders.
Assembly approved a set of guidelines that could allow ruling elders and diaconal ministers to administer the sacrament of communion in remote charges where no minister is available.
And I haven't begun to touch upon the work done by chaplains, diaconal ministers and many other stalwart servants, who carve a little heaven here on earth, every day.
We will continue to call upon pastors, diaconal ministers and others trained in caregiving, and we'll find ways to equip them for the very difficult and important work that lies ahead.
Shaping Justice, will allow the centre to offer more continuing education for lay people, youth workers, priests, pastors and diaconal ministers in areas such as leadership, social justice and spirituality.
While taking different shapes in the various communions, ordained deacons in the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican churches; deacons and deaconesses in the Methodist Church; deaconesses and diaconal ministers in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America share common roots and offer common challenges to the church of today.
I accept God's call through your election to return to Saskatchewan, my Canadian home, and to minister to the pastors, diaconal ministers and congregations of this synod.
Voting members at the August 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis approved a series of proposals to change the denomination's ministry policies, including a change to allow Lutherans in publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships to serve as ELCA associates in ministry, clergy, deaconesses and diaconal ministers.
Each of the papers was written by a graduate student eager to share her or his research in a journal that aims to "provide resources for mission, ministry, and theological growth for pastors, diaconal ministers, associates in ministry, and other church leaders.
She was also responsible for the synod's candidacy process to help individuals considering becoming associates in ministry, diaconal ministers, deaconesses, and ordained clergy.