The United Methodist Deacon

The United Methodist Deacon

Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice

Margaret Ann Crain


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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


Margaret Ann Crain:
Margaret Ann Crain is Professor of Christian Education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.