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Rev. Margaret Ann Crain, respected author of A Deacon’s Heart, has recently released The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice (Abingdon, 2014).

“I think one of the answers for this shrinking denomination [the United Methodist Church] is more deacons,” says Crain, professor of Christian education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological School.  “Deacons serve in that space between church and world. When they are based in the institutional church, they help turn United Methodists’ faces toward the world and their mission there. When deacons are based in the world, they represent the church in that place, doing ministry on our behalf. Their work is focused on the convincing the world of the reality of the gospel. When they succeed, the United Methodist Church is stronger and more vital.”

The new volume describes the clergy deacon’s calling, relationships, missional ministry, and role as an ordained clergyperson. It also clarifies common concerns related to appointment, compensation, and benefits.

“Every elder as well as deacon should have a copy in order to help people discern a call to the deacon, to know how to best deploy the gifts of a deacon, and the insure the rights as well as the responsibilities of a deacon,” Bishop Sally Dyck states as printed on the book’s cover.

“Margaret Ann Crain deftly brings together Bible, church history, and legislative initiatives with the stories of real people to help us see the gift and the opportunity we have to be more robust in our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” observes Bishop Gregory Vaughn Palmer, also in a cover quote.

Purchase a copy of the book at special discount. The cover price is $16.99, but the book can be purchased for $10 per copy (plus shipping; free shipping for bulk orders of 10 or more) from the Office of Deacon Ministry of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Send a request for an order from to deacons@gbhem.org.