If you believe God is calling you to the ministry of the deacon, to connect the church with the world, spend time in discernment, listening to God.
God uses others to help in your discernment. Listen to what they say. Read The Christian as Minister and the Ministry Inquiry Process.
With their approval and consultation with the District Superintendent you can continue your discernment with a mentor.
You will be interviewed to become a “certified candidate.” After meeting the educational requirements for commissioning your District Committee will make a recommendation to the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.
There are four routes to becoming a deacon.
1. Bachelor’s Degree and Master of Divinity OR
2. Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from approved seminary OR
3. Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in area of specialization and Basic Graduate Theological Studies OR
4. Bachelor’s Degree and Professional Certification and Basic Graduate Theological Studies (over 35 years old)
This begins a lifetime of servant ministry to Word and Service.
Within team ministry
Outreach to community