The word deacon, and deaconess, is derived from the Greek word diakonos (διακονος), which is often translated as servant. The office of deacon emerged in New Testament times and today the diaconal movement exists all over the world.
In the Methodist Church deacons are men and women called by God to serve in many different ways, offering lifetime commitment, and a willingness to serve where needed.
Their role focusses on bridging the gap between the church and the world, and has been described as 'standing in the doorway of the church', keeping the door open both ways.
For more information see the Diaconal Order section of the website here.