ORDER OF DEACONS & ORDER OF ELDERS
The candidacy process is the SAME for both Orders.
The Order of Elder and the Order of Deacon are parallel in status, as each are considered residents during the period of PROVISIONAL membership.
Ordained Elders and Ordained Deacons are members of the annual conference, rather than members of a local church.
The Order of Elder and the Order of Deacon differ in function. To borrow from medical terminology, Elders are generalists, while Deacons are specialists.
Ordained Elders are itinerant.
Deacons find their own placement, and then request the bishop’s approval and appointment to that placement.
Ordained Deacons cannot administer the sacraments unless given specific, special permission by the bishop, at the request of the Deacon’s district superintendent.
Rev. Linda McCowen
Chair, Order of Deacons
Rev. Dr. Brian C. Oglesbee
Chair, Order of Elders
Phone: (419) 668-1938
The East Ohio Conference Office:
located in North Canton, OH,
near Akron-Canton Airport.
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