Deaconess & Home Missioner

Deaconesses and Home Missioners in the United Methodist Church pose in front of Wimberly School of Religion

What is a Deaconess or Home Missioner in the United Methodist Church?

Deaconesses and Home Missioners and are laywomen and laymen who are called by God to be in a lifetime relationship in The United Methodist Church for engagement with a full-time vocation in ministries of love, justice, and service. Together we form a covenant community that is rooted in Scripture, informed by history, driven by mission, ecumenical in scope, and global in outreach.

The Deaconess and Home Missioner call to ministries of love, justice, and service is defined in Paragraph 1314.1 of the United Methodist Book of Discipline, which states, "Deaconesses and home missioners function through diverse forms of service directed toward the world to make Jesus Christ known in the fullness of his ministry and mission, which mandate that his followers:"

  1. Alleviate suffering;
  2. Eradicate causes of injustice and all that robs life of dignity and worth;
  3. Facilitate the development of full human potential; and
  4. Share in building global community through the church universal.

What We Offer

Saint Paul School of Theology Oklahoma Campus is pleased to be a partnering seminary for the United Methodist Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner. The courses are held in the seminary's classrooms located at 2501 N Blackwelder • Oklahoma City, OK 73106.

Requirements for the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner

How can I learn more?

Learn more about the program by clicking on the following link,


Call: 212-870-3850

Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner
United Methodist Women, national office
475 Riverside Drive, 15th floor
New York, NY 10115