Becoming a Deaconess or Home Missioner
Below are the qualifications and steps in becoming a deaconess or home missioner.
- A call from God to full-time vocation in mission service.
- Membership in The United Methodist Church in the annual conference you will be serving
- Commitment to functioning through "diverse forms of service directed toward the world to make Jesus Christ known in the fullness of his mission”(Book of Discipline)
- Biblical, theological, and sociological grounding in the following Core Studies (Core Studies must be completed at a United Methodist related institution or one approved by the United Methodist University Senate):
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Theology of Mission
- History of the United Methodist Church
- Polity and Doctrine of the United Methodist Church
- A commitment to continuing the practice of discernment
- A position (compensated or uncompensated) in an approved ministry of love, justice and service at the time of commissioning. Appointments may include more than one position.
- Professional training, education and / or certifications for the ministry in which one is called
- Application for Deaconess/Home Missioner Relationship
- Reference Form: 2pp, 94K
- Disclosure Statement: 3pp, 42K
- Staff Interview
- Psychological Evaluation and Clearance
- Medical Clearance
- Preparation and Training
- Criminal Background Check