Definition Of deaconesses
(in the early church and some modern churches) a woman with duties similar to those of a deacon.
In the early 1970s, while in seminary, I wrote a seminar paper for Professor Glenn Hinson on the roles of deaconesses in the early church.
Example Of deaconesses
After a short introduction on the role of deacons and deaconesses , Swan relates the brief stories of sixteen such female ministers.
At this time she decided to become a deaconess in the Methodist Church and worked towards that end.
Behr-Sigel asks whether the ancient order of the deaconess could be restored since it has never been formally abolished in Orthodoxy.
Both authors raise the issue of restoring the long disused order of deaconesses .
Churches have a difficult time finding elders, deacons or deaconesses to serve.