Ordained Ministry Menu

Those who are ordained are set apart for ministry not only in a single location but across the church. Elders lead God’s people to grow in faith and most serve as pastors in charge of local congregations, although elders can also serve in ways that extend the church’s ministry into the community. Those include serving as chaplains, teaching, or pastoral counseling. To learn more about what an elder does and how to become an ordained elder, click here.

A licensed local pastor is not ordained in The United Methodist Church but is licensed for pastoral ministry. A local pastor performs all the duties of a pastor, including proclamation of the Word of God, leading in worship and liturgy, performing the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, the services of marriage (where states allow), burial, Confirmation, and membership reception. A local pastor has the authority of a pastor only within the setting and during the time of the appointment only

Deacons lead God’s people into ministry to the world, usually through specialized ministry. Some deacons serve in churches in roles such as ministers of Christian education or music. Many serve beyond the local church, in settings such as social service, education, health, or policy advocacy organizations. To learn more about what a deacon does and how to become an ordained deacon, visit www.gbhem.org/deacons.