This year Deacons celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Order of Deacons. The Order came into being as a result of the 1996 General Conference. Deacons are ordained to Word, Service, Justice and Compassion. The opening service of Annual Conference helped to mark that anniversary by using Deacons in the Remembrance of Baptism, which is one of the ways Deacons can be active with sacraments. There are currently about 30 Deacons in the Missouri Conference under appointment. Appointments are in churches as well as in local agencies, non-profits, schools, hospitals and other locations.