I contend that since the United Methodist Church has only been ordaining Deacons as equals to Elders since 1996, we still don’t recognize them as equal.
I was proven right this morning. My wife spoke with a young person who expressed a call to ministry with special needs persons. This young person added having been encouraged “to just go ahead and become an Elder.”
The Order of Deacons, though, is about, among other things, service and specialization. Sounds like a good fit to me.