How can a deacon help you?
Of course, you are the only one who can answer that question. However, there are some specific ways your deacon wants to try to help:
- Visiting you
- Rejoicing with you and your family
- Giving support in times of crisis
- Answering questions about faith or the church
- Helping you know and find fellowship with other members and families in the church
- Helping you find ways to serve in and through the church
- Praying for you and with you
Responsibilities of a Deacon
In accordance with the meaning of the word in the New Testament, deacons are to recognize their roles as ministering servants of the church. They are to be members of this church whose character and qualifications shall be specified in Timothy 3:8-13, Acts 6:1-6, and Titus 1:6-9.
The deacon body shall serve under the leadership of the pastor and assist him in performing duties in order to free him for the ministry of the Word. The deacons will support and work with the pastor as follows:
- To lead the church in achievement of its mission
- To minister to believers and unbelievers
- To care for the church’s members and others in the community
- To demonstrate consistent stewardship through the deacon’s example in tithing to the church
- To demonstrate Christ-like consecration, loyalty, prayer support and faithfulness to the local church program
- To visit the sick, needy, and indifferent of the church
- To encourage and strengthen new converts and the spiritually weak
- To be available at the worship services for assisting the pastor in receiving new members and counseling new decisions
- To be able to serve the Lord’s Supper
In accordance with the meaning of the work and the practice of the Church in the New Testament, deacons are to be servants of the Church. Their task is to serve with the pastor and staff in performing the pastoral ministries of our church.
Selection of deacons is based upon New Testament qualifications with particular reference to 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Each deacon serves for three years and then is placed on inactive status for one year.