"Francis Young's meticulous scholarship and expert grasp of his subject make Inferior Office? a valuable missing piece for understanding how ministry in the Church of England has developed since the Reformation. It is original, beautifully written, and compelling in its proposals for the role a permanent diaconate might play in the twenty-first century church."
Bridget Nichols, Lay Chaplain to the Bishop of Ely
"Francis Young's book is a welcome antidote to the generally impoverished view of the diaconate that has prevailed in the Church of England in recent years. It is a timely and significant contribution to the Church of England's understanding of the order of deacons within her threefold ministry, and will be a valuable and informative tool for those charged with the restructuring of the allocation of church resources in the 21st century."
Dr Serenhedd James, Hon Research Fellow of St Stephen's House, Oxford
"Young's scholarship adds much to our understanding of the diaconate within the threefold ministry in the Church of England."
Stephen Platten, in Theology, Vol 119 (2)
"This erudite book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the history of the diaconate in the Church of England from the Reformation to the present day."
Gloria Cadman, in The Reader, Vol 115, No 2