Deacons and Diaconal Ministers
Deacons are ordained United Methodist clergy who lead the church in relating Christians to their ministries in the world through worship leadership, preaching, teaching, nurturing spiritual vitality and leading ministries of service, love, and justice. They may work primarily in congregations or they may work primarily in settings like hospitals, social-service agencies, mission agencies, schools, counseling centers, denominational agencies, and more. Learn more about how deacons serve and lead.
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.
20 Years of Full-Member Deacons
Deacons lead the people of God into ministries of compassion and justice, and interpret the needs of the world to the church. Watch some of the many ways deacons lead and serve through this video that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the full-clergy-member deacon in the United Methodist Church.