These UMC deacons are extra like doulas than circuit riders


Three feminine deacons within the United Methodist Church in Colo­rado lately discovered themselves with none paid place in a congregation. Two of them had been laid off by their congregations for monetary causes, and the opposite resigned after concluding it could be tough to work with the church’s newly employed senior pastor.

Nani Arning, Kerry Greenhill, and Denise Bender confronted a actuality that many deacons face: congregations don’t know tips on how to incorporate deacons in ministry, and in the event that they do understand how, they’ve issue paying a deacon a wage. Being a deacon within the United Methodist Church normally means discovering your personal work, and “that isn’t straightforward,” Bender stated.


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