There are two offices of the church mentioned in the Bible: Elder and Deacon. The word deacon comes from the Greek word diakonos, which literally means servant or helper.
The deacons, therefore, are the servant-ministers of the church. They are biblically qualified servant officers who are called by God and led by elders. In their role, they relieve the elders of some practical duties by caring for the congregation's physical welfare.
Deacons minister to the widows of our congregation in many ways. For example, deacons are paired up and assigned to a particular widow. They are responsible for contacting her regularly to assess her ministry needs and pray for her. The deacons also host an annual Widows/Widowers Banquet, which honors our church's widows and widowers. This event is traditionally held in October.
The first Wednesday evening worship service of every month, an offering specifically for the Deacon Benevolence Fund, is taken. Administered by the deacons under the elders' oversight, this fund provides emergency relief funds to members of our church family who request and qualify for assistance.
Deacon Qualifications & Selection
The qualifications of a deacon are outlined in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.
Annually the congregation is asked for recommendations for men to be deacon candidates. The deacon mentoring process involves multiple-week studies, interviews, and the completion of doctrinal questions. Mentoring usually lasts eight to nine months, and candidates are installed as deacons after approval by the elders and a congregational vote. Deacons serve a series of one-year terms as long as they continue to be called and qualified.
Deacons are given the opportunity to serve on one or more of the following
teams in addition to serving in other areas of the church:
Benevolence, Helps, Hospital Visitation, Prison Visitation,
Lord's Supper, Prayer Response, Ushers
Financial Counseling, Home Bound, Widows
Nursing Homes, Orphans/Foster & Adoption
For more information, contact Kim Rust.