The Anglican Diocese of Bathurst welcomed Wally Cox, Andrew Thornhill and Steven Klouth as new deacons into its diocese, with all three ordained at a special service at the All Saints Cathedral on Saturday.
Dn Cox is going to minister in the Blayney parish, Dn Thornhill is heading to Coonabarabran, while Dn Klouth will stay within the Bathurst region, serving at Kelso.
The Right Reverend Mark Calder, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Bathurst, explained why the three new deacons have given up good jobs or previous studies to enter minister.
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He believes it is because they have a great message to share to their community.
"It's because they have the best news imaginable for a world in need, for a world that's lost its way," he said.
"In a world which says, 'If God just turned up in person I'd believe' they know that in the person Jesus Christ, God did turn up, turned up to reveal himself and show the brilliance and depth of his love.
"Yes - Wally, Steve and Andrew - have great news, life-giving, life-changing news for a world in need and if you want to know more, then please ask them. Put their training to the test."
Bishop Calder encouraged the three new deacons to make disciples.
"How will we see more disciples across central and western NSW? As you preach the word," Bishop Calder said in his sermon, addressing to the new deacons.
"Preach the word and help people to understand the Bible, for it is as people understand the Bible - as you inspire and enable them to read it for themselves - that they will be transformed, that their confidence in the gospel will grow and their knowledge of and understanding of Jesus' love for them will deepen."
All three new deacons are fresh from bible college in Sydney, with Dn Thornhill and Dn Klouth having just graduated from the Sydney Missionary and Bible College, while Dn Cox has finished up at Moore Theological College.
The deacons, who will work in an assistant role helping run their respective churches, will serve for a year, before they're eligible to be made a priest.
To view the ordination, visit the diocese's Facebook page.