Ordained deacons have a passion and gifts for ministries of love, justice, and service and for connecting the church with the most needy, neglected, and marginalized of God's children.
Deacons are persons called by God, authorized by the church, and ordained by a bishop to a lifetime ministry of Word and Service to both the community and the congregation in a ministry that connects the two.
In the world, the deacon seeks to express a ministry of compassion and justice while assisting laypersons as they claim their own ministry. In the congregation, the deacon teaches and forms disciples, and leads worship together with other ordained and lay persons. (from para. 320, 2000 Book of Discipline)