How can a lay person explore a call to become a deacon?

Do you have a heart that is passionate for justice?
Are you a vessel of God’s compassion for others?
Is God tugging at your heart to serve people in your community or globally?
Do you find yourself equipping others to serve in both the church and the world?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions, God may be calling you to become an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church. To learn more about who deacons are and what they are about, check out the book The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice by Margaret Ann Crain.  Also, speak with your pastor about this call that you are discerning, and consider contacting your district superintendent in order to get connected with other deacons in your area.  If you have any questions about how to become a deacon or what a deacon is, feel free to contact Rev. Tiffany Manning, Chair of the Order of Deacons, at

What is the role of a deacon?

Deacons are ordained clergy who serve as a bridge between the church and the world. Some deacons do this by serving in an area of specialized ministry within the life of the church (music, Christian education, visitation, etc.), while others serve primarily outside of the church walls in a variety of roles, embodying the church’s mission in another setting (hospitals, educational institutions, counseling centers, etc.). Deacons equip the laity for their servant ministry by helping them discern their gifts and determine how they can be used in the life of the church and community. Called to a lifetime ministry of preaching and teaching the Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice, deacons exemplify the ministry of all believers to serve the world as Christ’s disciples.

Resources for Deacons

The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice by Margaret Ann Crain

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry resources about deacons