Deacons and Diaconal Ministers
Diaconal ministers are United Methodist laypeople who lead in service ministries. The United Methodist Church no longer consecrates new diaconal ministers. However, many diaconal ministers are still in active service. If you are a diaconal minister, visit this section of the Board of Ordained Ministry Handbook for information on how you relate to the annual conference.
If you feel called by God to be a layperson in a ministry of love and justice, check out the office of home missioners & deaconesses.
Watch this video to get an overview of the ministry of deacons in The United Methodist Church.
Deacon Dialogue, April 16-18, 2015, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill. Includes a deacon candidacy formation workshop.
Joaquin Garcia Scholarship Fund
Help future deacons obtain the education they need: join deacons in giving to the Joaquin Garcia Graduate Scholarship Fund. Named after Joaquin Garcia, a deacon who led the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry's Section on Deacons and Diaconal Ministry until 2003, the scholarship will assist students enrolled full-time in graduate work toward deacon's orders. Donations would make a great gift in honor of retiring or newly ordained deacons. Invite your order to make a group gift.
Write checks to GBHEM Joaquin Garcia Scholarship Fund and mail to GBHEM, PO Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203-0007.
Ordination and Commissioning Ordinal
Download the ordination and commissioning ordinal - with updates (including those related to those entering the diaconate) from 2012 General Conference.