United Methodist Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner

While the Office of Deaconess has been a part of the Methodist tradition since 1888, the Office of Home Missioner was established at the 2004 General Conference providing lay men with an opportunity to serve in a life-time relationship in The United Methodist Church.  This has been the first opportunity for lay men to be in an official life-time relationship in ministry since the closing of the option of Diaconal Minister by the 1996 General Conference.  The Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner is the only currently active recognized office in The United Methodist Church for those called to full-time vocations in servant ministries as laity.

United Methodist Deaconesses and Home Missioners follow the following mandates which are set forth in the United Methodist Book of Discipline:

a) Alleviate suffering;

b) Eradicate causes of injustice and all that robs life of dignity and worth;

c) Facilitate the development of full human potential; and

d) Share in building global community through the church universal.

Deaconesses and Home Missioners are consecrated by a bishop to a lifetime of service under the authority of the church.  Their ministries may be in a church-related vocation or helping profession.  Current ministries include but are not limited to issues related to prison, environment, refugees, immigration, health care, education, homelessness, women and children, youth and families, senior adults, peace with justice, and a wide variety of church and community ministries. 

Together, deaconesses and home missioners form a covenant community that is rooted in scripture, informed by history, driven by mission, ecumenical in scope and global in outreach. 

Two major accomplishments occurred for the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner since our last DOTAC gathering.  At the 2016 General Conference, the office of Deaconess and Home Missioner officially became recognized as an Order of the church.  At this same General Conference, they also gained ecclesiastical support for those who work in chaplaincy.

While the United Methodist Church is struggling as a denomination, the Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner continues to grow.  Deaconesses and Home Missioners are facing new challenges with the uncertainty of the future of the UMC.  In these current times, the United Methodist Church is anything but united.  However, the Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner is committed to living into their calls to love, justice and service and will continue to be a diverse community for all laity to serve.

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December 7 - Day 13 in 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Oh God, we pray for all victims of gender violence.

Be with them as they painfully struggle for equality.

Comfort them and their families.

Hear our pleas for women,

especially those oppressed in countries where women are enslaved and treated as objects, property, mutilated and killed,

just because they are female.

Help us to be instruments of your justice.

We pray for those who are persecuted due to their sexual identity,

sexual orientation and/or gender.

Instill in them the knowledge that they are beloved children,

made in the image of God's goodness.

God, let your love engulf and empower those who are and have been persecuted,

so they may proudly be voices for change.

We pray fervently, that those in power (governing officials as well as our church leaders),

will promote and protect the rights of gender, sexually vulnerable people,

encouraging and enacting laws on their behalf, by calling a halt to abuse,

(be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual).

Call us all to be advocates on their behalf.

Remind all humanity, that God's love, calls for peace, compassion, justice, and equality.

God embraces diversity in all creation.

Continue to shine your light of compassion in the hearts of the mistreated and oppressed,

calling them to become bright beacons of hope.

Deaconess Ruth Dyer, Lutheran Diaconal Association

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December 7  - Day 13 in 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Oh God, we pray for all victims of gender violence.

Be with them as they painfully struggle for equality.

Comfort them and their families.

Hear our pleas for women,

especially those oppressed in countries where women are enslaved and treated as objects, property, mutilated and killed,

just because they are female.

Help us to be instruments of your justice.

We pray for those who are persecuted due to their sexual identity,

sexual orientation and/or gender.

Instill in them the knowledge that they are beloved children,

made in the image of Gods goodness.

God, let your love engulf and empower those who are and have been persecuted,

so they may proudly be voices for change.

We pray fervently, that those in power (governing officials as well as our church leaders),

will promote and protect the rights of gender, sexually vulnerable people,

encouraging and enacting laws on their behalf, by calling a halt to abuse,

(be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual).

Call us all to be advocates on their behalf.

Remind all humanity, that Gods love, calls for peace, compassion, justice, and equality.

God embraces diversity in all creation.

Continue to shine your light of compassion in the hearts of the mistreated and oppressed,

calling them to become bright beacons of hope.

*Deaconess Ruth Dyer, Lutheran Diaconal Association*
2 months ago

December 10 International Human Rights Day

Last Day of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Almighty God, who created all of humanity in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against all forms of gender-based oppression and violence, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual; may we reverently seek justice, healing and new life for those who have been victims of such oppression and violence, seeing in all affected the very body of your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Margaret Light, deacon-in-training;

The Rev. Joy Walker-Miller, a transitional deacon;

and Rev. Deacon Tracie Middleton, (Association for Episcopal Deacons),

the team of diaconal ministers serving at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Beaumont

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**December 10 International Human Rights Day **

**Last Day of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence**

Almighty God, who created all of humanity in your own image:  Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against all forms of gender-based oppression and violence, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual; may we reverently seek justice, healing and new life for those who have been victims of such oppression and violence, seeing in all affected the very body of your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

*Margaret Light, deacon-in-training;*

*The Rev. Joy Walker-Miller, a transitional deacon;*

*and Rev. Deacon Tracie Middleton, (Association for Episcopal Deacons),*

*the team of diaconal ministers serving at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Beaumont*
2 months ago

December 9 --

15th Day of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

God of wisdom, God of strength.

We are loved and accepted by you.

You see beyond our earthly woes

to the heart and soul of who we are and who you created us to be.

Help us define ourselves by love.

Help us to be wise when we approach one another and act with kindness.

Let us appreciate one another for the beauty within each of us and

for the gifts we have to share with the world.

Let us gain strength by lifting one another up and

triumphing over the pains of ignorance and damaging words.

Let our words be ones of honor and grace not hate and bigotry.

As God’s love seeps into the world, in every corner and place,

may we be open to receiving it.

May we be the momentum of harmony and reconciliation

towards a world filled with respect and dignity.

Amen

Deacon Kelly Brooks, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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**December 9 -- **

**15th Day of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence**

God of wisdom, God of strength.

We are loved and accepted by you.

You see beyond our earthly woes

to the heart and soul of who we are and who you created us to be.

Help us define ourselves by love.

Help us to be wise when we approach one another and act with kindness.

Let us appreciate one another for the beauty within each of us and

for the gifts we have to share with the world.

Let us gain strength by lifting one another up and

triumphing over the pains of ignorance and damaging words.

Let our words be ones of honor and grace not hate and bigotry.

As God’s love seeps into the world, in every corner and place,

may we be open to receiving it.

May we be the momentum of harmony and reconciliation

towards a world filled with respect and dignity.

Amen

*Deacon Kelly Brooks, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America*
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