Deacon Ministry

2015 Ordination Service

Ordination article here

7 Timothy 3:8-13 “Deacons likewise must be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith that is in Christ Jesus.”

Titus 1:6-9 “A deacon must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless-not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”

1. Deacons must have a personal spiritual life of vitality and consistency that is evidenced by a daily quiet time of prayer and devotions. (Mark 1:35)

2. Deacons must be growing spiritually by involvement in the worship and discipleship ministries of the church. (2 Peter 3:18)

3. Deacons must be involved in being a witness for Christ to the lost. (Acts 1:8)

4. Deacons are to minister to the needs of the body of believers as encouragers. (1 Thes. 5:11)

5. Deacons must be supportive of the church staff. (Hebrews 13:17)

6. Deacons must be a protector of the unity of the church remembering that our love and unity are demonstrations to the world that the gospel is true. (John 13:35 & John 17:23)

7. Deacons must be faithful managers of their time, and their spiritual and financial gifts. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7, 1 John 3:17, & Ephesians 4:11-12)