Deacon Studies Degree Program
What Is A Deacon's Role Within The Church?
Ordained deacons possess a gift for ministry and a passion for love, justice and service. They connect the church with the neediest, most neglected, and most marginalized of God's children.
As an ordained United Methodist deacon, you'll provide a ministry rich in compassion and justice. Your guidance will impact your community and will help your community members discover and develop their faith. Deacons are persons called by God, authorized by the church, and ordained by a bishop to serve a lifetime ministry of Word and Service to their community and congregation. Deacons are teachers, leaders, and disciples.
If you believe that your life and spiritual path aligns with becoming a Deacon in the United Methodist Church, contact us to begin the enrollment process or request more information.
What Are Your Education Options for Becoming an Ordained Deacon?
How does one become a deacon? What are the requirements and path towards ordination?
At Saint Paul School of Theology, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) Degree and the Master of Divinity (MDiv) Degree provide students with the knowledge and training needed to become ordained deacons. Both degree programs allow students to choose an area of specialization. If a student is interested in becoming a Deacon, they may choose to focus on the corresponding area of specialization. By choosing this specialization, Saint Paul can tailor teachings to the needs of the students and prepare them for a bright future in ministry leadership as deacons.
The MACM degree provides students with a deep understanding of ministry and theology and prepares them for spiritual leadership roles - like in deacon ministries. The MDiv degree requires students take pastoral studies courses and fosters strong religious leadership skills as well.
Students who choose the Deacon Ministry specialization will take courses guiding them towards ordination MDIV- and MACM-specific degrees. If you are unsure of which Saint Paul School of Theology masters degree is right for you, review our program summaries to learn more.