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Deacon Ministry

DEACON RESPONSIBILITIES

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 available to serve on a Deacon Ministry Team

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.