The United Methodist Deacon

Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice

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The United Methodist Deacon
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Published March 2014

United Methodist deacons build bridges between the Church and the world.  

The United Methodist order of deacon represents the ever-evolving understanding of ordained ministry. But because of the continual changes, there is confusion about the call, roll, identity, and tasks of deacons. With vivid examples, this book gives a clear understanding of the order of deacon, beginning with a discussion of how its unique call sets apart persons for ordained ministry. Contents include:

A Deacon Is Called and Sent
A Deacon Is Connectional
A Deacon Is Missional
A Deacon Is Examined and Equipped
The Meaning of Ordination
A Deacon Is Appointed
Deacons Lead the Church
Epilogue: A Snapshot of Deacons and Their Ministry

About the Author

Margaret Ann Crain

Margaret Ann Crain was ordained in 1997 and is a deacon in full connection in the Northern Illinois Conference. She served churches in Missouri and North Georgia before joining the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary where she taught Christian education and qualitative research. As Director of Deacon Studies, she created a program that supported, advocated for, and trained many deacons when the new order was created in 1996. Crain retired as Professor Emerita. Her most recent book is The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.