Definition of diaconal in English:

diaconal

Line breaks: di¦ac|onal
Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈak(ə)n(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • Relating to a deacon, or to the role of a deacon: a diaconal minister of The Presbyterian Church
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    • The titles of these ministries are varied: deacons and deaconesses, diaconal ministers, associates in ministry; some even lack titles or rostered status.
    • As the autonomy of the local church kicks in (coupled with open-minded assessments of the spirit of Christ toward women), oppressive views of women in diaconal roles will increasingly get kicked out.
    • I had the good fortune to discover this in my own ministry, partly because I was constantly acting in a diaconal role to my bishop as his director of ordination candidates or as the provost of his cathedral.

Origin

early 17th century: from ecclesiastical Latin diaconalis, from diaconus (see deacon).

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