Diocese of Chichester

Breaking New Ground: Creativity, Innovation, and the Role of the Deacon.

A conference for distinctive deacons, deacon ordinands, deacon enquirers, deacon training incumbents, vocations advisers and DDOs are all welcome.

21 oct 2023. 9:15 a.m.


21 oct 2023. 3 p.m.

rThe Church of England’s Formation Framework for the Ordained Distinctive Diaconate looks for evidence of imagination and agility, and requires that candidates have shown “initiative, drive and creativity”. The selection criteria for Vocational Deacons in the Scottish Episcopal Church say that they must be able to “take the initiative and have a creative, entrepreneurial approach”.


  • what does that look like and how do we 'get' it?
  • what kind of people do we need to be?
  • what kinds of things should we do?
  • what are the helps and hindrances to such practices within the Church?

About the speaker

Richard Tiplady, a mission theologian and mountaineer, will be sharing his learning from his PhD research to help us to answer these questions, both for ourselves and so that we might pave the way for others to feel free to live and serve like this.

Having previously been a mission agency director and a theological college principal, and with a PhD in entrepreneurial leadership development in churches, charities and social enterprises, he now directs a context-based ordination programme and teaches on mission and evangelism, leadership and pioneer ministry at the Scottish Episcopal Institute.


Saturday 21 OCTOBER 2023,9.15-15.00


Francis Young House, Queens Foundation, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2QH

Tickets: £36 including lunch and refreshments or £10 online attendance. Available through Eventbrite here 

About the organisers:

The Church of England Network of Distinctive Deacons (CENDD – say ‘SEND’) is an informal network of ‘Distinctive’ or ‘Vocational’ Deacons in the UK, run by a National Steering Group who give their time voluntarily.

To contact the organisers email deaconsonthemove@gmail.com

For further information about CENDD and the Distinctive Diaconate go to our website: CofE Network of Distinctive Deacons (cofedeacons.org).

Follow us on social media: Facebook: @DistinctivelyDeacon
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CofeDeacons

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