The office of deacon exists in the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. The word deacon comes from the Greek word diakonos (diakonos), which means servant. Because the MCCA recognises deacons as a called, representative ministry, it has established requirements for entrance into this form of ordained ministry. Deacons are defined as "representative" because they act under the authority of and "on behalf of" the MCCA and because they "re-present" or "present again" the ministry of Jesus Christ. While all Christians are called to do this, deacons are called to specialised forms of service. The church affirms that particular persons are called to "representative" ministries of leadership within the body in order to help all of the membership of the church fulfil their ministry of service. This representative ministry is in no way a substitute for the servant responsibility of each of the members of the church; instead it exists to intensify their servanthood by equipping them to serve more effectively in both the church and the world.
Deacons along with some of the current and past Connexional Officers
at Convocation in Barbados in 2005