Deacon ministry

Photo by Chris Detrick.

“Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women.”  Ephesians 6:7

In the Church of the Brethren, deacon ministry is a vital and significant expression of our caregiving ministries to individuals and families. The 1997 Annual Conference statement, “Deacon Ministry in the Church of the Brethren,” states the vision for a deacon ministry in the church as follows:

“Deacons are called to be dedicated caregivers who use their spiritual gifts in a shared ministry of concern for the total well-being of God’s people. Deacons are to be Christ-like, welcoming, nurturing, reconciling, sensitive to the presence of God’s spirit in their lives and in the lives of others, witnessing for Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord within and beyond the Body of Christ, the church.”

Deacon training and consultation

Deacon training can take many forms:

  • a retreat for your deacons, maybe even inviting neighboring congregations
  • a day of workshops on a variety of topics
  • training while people are already gathered at District Conference or other event.

For more information, email us at, or call 800-323-8039, ext. 303.

Deacon resources

Deacon Insights (below) offer brief inspiring thoughts on care-giving. These newsletters were written by Donna Kline, who served as Director of Denominational Deacon Ministry for the Church of the Brethren. Permission is granted to copy these posts.



Spiritual Renewal

End-of-life decision making

One of the most thoughtful things that can be done as a part of end-of-life planning is to provide notes for your memorial service or funeral. This example can be downloaded and modified to meet your congregation’s needs.

Helpful books

Click the book covers for more information or to order from Brethren Press.

Deacon Spirituality and Commitment

Offering Support During Grief and Loss

James E. Miller—How Can I Help?/What Will Help Me?Fort Wayne, IN: Willowgreen, 1994.

Wengerd, Sara—A Healing Grief: Walking with Your Friend Through Loss. Scottsdale, PA: Herald Press, 2002.

Congregational Peacemaking