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The Ministry of the Deacon

Where Do Deacons Serve?

Because deacons connect the people of God with the needs of the world, their places of ministry are limitless. Here are but a few:

In congregations

  • As part of a team ministry
  • Administration
  • Music leadership
  • Christian education
  • Mission outreach
  • Pastoral care and visitation
  • Life-stage ministries (youth, children, young adults, family, or older adults)
  • Business administration
  • Evangelism
  • Language or culture ministries

A group of churches or district

  • Music ministry
  • Disaster relief
  • Homeless ministry
  • Community outreach
  • Youth or other life-stage ministry
  • Mission strategy
  • Rehabilitation ministries
  • Counseling
  • Parish nursing

Beyond the Congregation

  • Community centers
  • Schools
  • Aged-care facilities
  • Counseling
  • Hospice-care centers
  • Hospitals
  • Ministry with the incarcerated
  • Industry
  • Church-related agencies
  • Group homes
  • Social justice advocacy organizations
  • Disability advocacy
  • Legal aid
  • Chaplaincy

Denominational Structures

  • Annual conference staff (connectional ministries, missions or discipleship strategy, communications, bishop’s assistant, etc.)
  • Campus ministry
  • Camping ministry
  • Denominational agencies