ORDER OF DEACONS
"Within the people of God, some persons are called to the ministry of deacon. The words deacon, deaconess, and diaconate all spring from a common Greek root—diakonos, or “servant,” and diakonia, or “service.” Very early in its history the church, as an act of worship and praise of God, instituted an order of ordained ministers to personify or focus the servanthood to which all Christians are called. These people were named deacons. This ministry exemplifies and leads the Church in the servanthood every Christian is called to live both in the church and the world. Those called to the ministry of deacon are called to witness to the Word in their words and actions, and to embody and lead the community’s service in the world for the sake of enacting God’s compassion and justice.
¶305 The Book of Discipline of
The United Methodist Church
The specific and limited function of the order is to:
All of the functions of the Order shall be fulfilled in cooperation and coordination with the Board of Ministry and do not replace the normal supervisory processes, the processes of evaluation for ordained ministers, or the responsibilities of the Board of Ministry, the cabinet, or the clergy session.
¶307 The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church
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