A deacon is a clergy person who is ordained to Word, service, compassion and justice. Deacons may serve within or outside a local church setting but are also called to be the bridge between the church and the world. A deacon seeks their own appointment (paid or unpaid) and presents the ministry setting to the bishop to be appointed to the identified work/setting. An ordained deacon has a permanent clergy status with full rights and responsibilities within the church – although a deacon may not serve as a District Superintendent (a role limited to full elders).