Deacon is an English translation of the Greek word diakonos (^
[Strong's\ #1249]^) found in various places in the New Testament.
In some Christian traditions (
Methodism, etc.) a deacon is a clergy person who usually serves a local church or churches and who has been ordained to a ministry of Word and Service. In other Christian traditions (Presbyterianism,
Baptists, etc.), a deacon is a lay person charged with serving as an administrator in a local church.
The Deacon as Clergy
The Deacon as Laity