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Types of Ministry

Through baptism, we are each called to serve God and others. Below are ways that God may be calling you to serve:
 

Elder

Individuals who are ordained for ministries of Word (Preaching and Teaching), Sacrament (Communion and Baptism), Order (Administration), and Service. Most Elders serve as pastors, though some serve as chaplains, campus ministers, professors, or in other ministry settings. Those ordained as an Elder have met specific educational requirements. Read more about The Ministry of Elders.
 

Deacon

Individuals who are ordained for ministries of Word, Service, Compassion and Justice and serve as a bridge between the church and the world. Many Deacons serve in agencies outside the church, in ministries of outreach, mission, and justice. Others serve within the local church, as associate pastors, or in areas such as Christian education, youth, children, music, or missions. Those ordained as Deacon have met specific educational requirements. Read more about The Ministry of Deacons.
 

Licensed Local Pastor

Individuals who are licensed for ministries of Word, Sacrament, Order, and Service in a particular congregation. The educational requirements and procedures are different for Local Pastors than for Elders. Read more about the The Ministry of Licensed Local Pastors and the educational requirements.
 

Lay Person

Individuals who serve through a secular career, their role in the family, or as a lay staff person or volunteer in their congregation, District or Conference. 


Visit the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and ministry to learn more at https://www.gbhem.org/