Honour her for all that her hands have done – Proverbs 31:31.
ADM stands on a legacy of inspiring women – courageous pioneers who lived out the word of God in practical ways.
Our organisation was born from the vision of Rev. Mervyn and Martha Archdall, who were inspired by the work of deaconesses in Germany. They established the Church of England Deaconess Institution, known as 'Bethany' in Sydney 1891.
Deaconesses reached out into their communities with the love of Jesus as they served in churches, hospitals, schools and children’s homes. Their ministry work included teaching, encouraging, caring and training. The last deaconess was set apart in 1991, after the role of deacon was opened to women in 1989. Our deaconesses leave us a legacy of sacrificial service and ministry.
In April 2018, many of our remaining deaconesses, along with several female deacons, joined together at ADM for lunch and a time of prayer and sharing. On that day, we asked them to share their advice for the next generation of Christian women, based on their experiences in ministry: