Order of Deacons
What is a Deacon in the United Methodist Church?
Men and women who respond to God’s call to lead in service and to equip others for this ministry through teaching, proclamation and worship and who assist elders in the administration of the sacraments are ordained deacon. (2012 Book of Discipline paragraph 303.2, page 217)
Order of Elders
What is an Elder in the United Methodist Church?
Elders are ordained ministers who have been found by the church to be of sound learning, of Christian character, possessing the necessary gifts and evidence of God’s grace, and whose call by God to ordination has been confirmed by the Church.