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DEACON, Eccl. law. A minister or servant in the church whose office, in some churches, is to assist the priest in divine service, and the distribution of the sacrament.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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This and the deaconship of women have no differences in terms of rules set by the church.
He was ordained a Methodist minister in 1827, given a deaconship in 1830, and was made an elder in 1833.
The role of a new pastor was decisive in extending deaconship to women.