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 b​ecoming a Deacon in the United Methodist Church​, c​ontact 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 M​aster 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.

Why Choose Saint Paul School of Theology For Your Deacon Ordination Program?

The faculty and staff at Saint Paul have helped countless students become successful and impactful Deacons within the United Methodist church. Our programs are designed to be completed online, on-campus, or in hybrid form, allowing students the flexibility they need to gain their Deacon ordination and education at their own pace and in the environment they select. Our dedication to our students and creating the religious leaders of the future is unparalleled.

Our specialized degrees and hands-on approach brings out the unique skills and passions of our students. Saint Paul’s commitment to providing a meaningful academic and faith-filled experience will help you get started on your religious leadership path.

Contact Us

If you are interested in our MACM or MDiv programs and have questions about Saint Paul School of Theology Deacon Ministries specialization options, feel free to c​ontact us​. We would be happy to help you decide if this program is your best education option!