Dear LCUMC Family:
Michelle and I want to personally thank the Leland Community
United Methodist Church for their prayers and monetary support
during our travel and course work to become Deaconess and
Home Missioner, through the United Methodist Church. We have
been truly blessed by God in so many ways and feel a calling to
pass on these blessings.
Let us tell you a little about the ministry God is calling us to.
Deaconess/Home Missioner Program
United Methodist Church
The Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner is the only currently active office in The
United Methodist Church for those called to full time vocations in servant ministries as la-
The provision for the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner in The United Methodist
Church is found in paragraph 1913 of the
2016 The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church.
Together, deaconesses and home missioners form a covenant community that is rooted in
scripture, informed by history, driven by mission, ecumenical in scope and global in out-
This is a community of laity who has responded to the call of God in their lives and has
been consecrated and commissioned by The United Methodist Church to full time ministries of
love, justice and service.
While the Office of Deaconess has been a part of UMC tradition as a church since 1888,
the Office of Home Missioner was established at the 2004 General Conference, providing lay
men with an opportunity to serve in a life time relationship in The United Methodist Church.
“The purpose of the office of deaconess and home missioner shall be to express represen-
tatively the love and concern of the believing community for the needs in the world and to en-
able, through education and involvement, the full ministry and mission of the people of God.
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 man-
date that his followers:
a) Alleviate suffering;
b) Eradicate causes of injustice and all that robs life of dignity and worth;
c) Facilitate the development of full human potential; and
d) Share in building global community through the church universal.”
Deaconesses and home missioners are approved by the United Methodist
Women’s National Office and consecrated by a bishop at a session of the board or at a setting
approved by the board.
They have a continuing relationship to The United Methodist Church
through the United Methodist Women.
Deaconesses and home missioners are available for service with any agency or pro-
gram of The United Methodist Church.
Deaconesses and home missioners may also serve in
other than United Methodist Church agencies or programs, provided that approval be given by
the board in consultation with the bishop of the receiving area.
The ministries may be in a church related vocation or helping profession.
Current ministries include but are not limited to issues related to prison, environment, refugees, immigration,
health care, education, homelessness, women and children, youth and families, senior adults,
peace with justice, working poor, and a wide variety of church and community ministries.
Bill and Michelle White