Competencies for Deacons
The Iona Report uses a competency model for the formation and lifelong learning of deacons rather a narrowly academic model dependent simply on memorization and written exams.
The core work of the Task Force was the identification of seven areas of competency for Deacons and specific competencies within each area:
A. Diakonia and the Diaconate
B. Human Awareness and Understanding
C. Spirituality and Spiritual Practice
D. Practical Training and Experience
E. Church Polity and Diaconal Ministry in the Public Square
G. Christian History
For each of these areas, the document provides:
Association for Episcopal Deacons
The Association for Episcopal Deacons has also developed Deacon Competencies, in part adapted from The Iona Report. You can download both The Iona Report and the AED Deacon Competencies document below.