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How to Become a Deacon

Deacons are clergy leaders who are called by God, authorized by the church, and ordained by a bishop to a lifetime ministry of word, service, compassion, and justice to the congregation and community in ministry that connects the two.

Steps into Ordination as a Deacon

If you believe God is calling you to the ministry of the deacon, spend time in discernment, listening to God.

  1. Talk to your pastor or campus minister and, if possible, a deacon. God uses others to help in your discernment. Ponder the questions they suggest. Read The Christian as Minister.
  2. Meet with your area’s district superintendent (your pastor can identify that person for you). After conversation, the superintendent may help you begin the candidacy process and assign you a candidacy mentor to help you continue discerning how God might be calling you to serve.
  3. Meet with your church’s Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee and the District Committee on Ordained Ministry for approval to become a “certified candidate.” Meet annually with the DCOM to continue in candidacy.
  4. Complete the educational requirements for deacon’s orders.
  5. After meeting the educational requirements for commissioning as a provisional member, your District Committee will vote whether to recommend you to conference Board of Ordained Ministry. Your interview with the BOM and meeting other requirements will inform the BOM’s decision whether to recommend you for commissioning.
  6. Commissioning begins a two- to eight-year provisional membership period, during which you will participate in a residency program designed by your annual conference.
  7. After meeting the residency requirements of your annual conference, you may ask your BOM for approval to be ordained.

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