Deacon Chairman’s Report
Annual Business Meeting – January 28, 2018
SUGAR CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH
Since the last Chairman’s Report at the 2017 Annual Business Meeting, the Diaconate of Sugar Creek Baptist Church (“SCBC”) has continued to serve the body of Christ by supporting and providing counsel to the staff.
In striving to serve in a manner worthy of our calling, the SCBC Deacons are frequently instructed in and reminded of the Deacon’s Ministry values as stated in the Deacon’s Handbook:
- Character: Being a man of God
- Unity: Preserving the spirit of peace in our church
- Purpose: Supporting the purposes and direction of our church
- Service: Serving effectively on a Deacon Ministry Team
- Doctrine Presenting sound Christian teaching to everyone
In the 2017 Annual Business Meeting, church members elected by secret ballot, two men to serve as deacons at Sugar Creek Baptist Church – Mr. Tedd H. Lawson and Mr. D. Michael “Mike” Simpson. Neither of these men had prior ordination. They have been attending Doctrinal Training Classes conducted by Associate Pastor Clif Cummings to review and reaffirm their doctrinal beliefs. After completion of these year-long classes, they will be examined by the Ordination Council led by Lead Pastor Mark Hartman and composed of ordained staff and deacons, to confirm their understanding of and belief in foundational Christian doctrines and their commitment to SCBC. Once confirmed by the Ordination Council they will be ordained in May 2018.
This past year Charlie Howard, went home to be with the Lord. We will all miss him greatly, but honor him in memory.
There are currently 72 Active Deacons. Each Active Deacon serves on at least one of eight Deacon Ministry Teams. Each team has specific areas of responsibility. Many teams include non-Deacons, who serve as valuable contributing team members. Our Associate Pastor Clif Cummings facilitates and assists the Deacon Team Ministry Coordinators and members of each Ministry Team.
The Deacon Ministry Teams and their areas of service are:
- BENEVOLENCE: Works with Minister of Pastoral Care and alongside 2nd Mile Ministries to provide immediate individual and family assistance. This team is led by Bill Hensley.
- CHURCH ORDINANCES: Assists with the church ordinances. This team is led by Ed Poole and Charles McGuire.
- GUEST MINISTRIES: Welcoming guests, providing traffic control and loading assistance. This team is led by Jimmy Hassell.
- HOSPITAL VISITATION: Coordinates with Church staff visitation of members in area hospitals. This team is led by Rod Harnden.
- JOB SEARCH SURVIVAL: Provides counsel and job search skills through seminars and one-on-one counseling to those individuals seeking new employment. This team is led by Gary Kyle.
- MARRIAGE MENTORS: This is the newest of our Ministry Teams. Mentor couples are paired with engaged or married couples to help them understand and create effective, God centered marriages. This team is led by John Moncrief.
- NEXT STEP GUIDES: Assists staff in meeting spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of members and guests during invitation time at each weekend worship service and during special baptism events. This team is led by John Moncrief (Sugar Land campus), Steve Wood (Missouri City campus), and Henry Amadio (Spanish Ministry).
- WIDOW & WIDOWERS CARE: Helps meet special needs of widows and widowers. This team is led by James Mathis and Bob Higgins.
We would welcome our members to consider serving with our Deacons on any one of these Ministry Teams.
We will be voting on (4) Deacons returning to active status and (9) Deacons continuing active status. Each SCBC member present tonight has received a ballot within the Annual Business Meeting booklet. Non-members are not eligible to vote.
New Deacon Candidates (2) – We want to thank the Deacon Nomination Task Force for their time and effort in the interviewing and examination of these nominees for consideration: Charles D. Gorden and Mannaser D. “MD” Marshall, Jr. Becoming a deacon at SCBC is a rigorous process and involves the following:
- The candidate must be nominated by a member of the church based upon one’s scriptural qualifications.
- The Deacon Nominating Task Force then examines all aspects of the deacon nominees focusing on their salvation experience, testimony, service experience, doctrinal beliefs and unity experience with SCBC.
- Both the nominees and their wives are interviewed.
- Then the Deacon Nominating Task Force selects those who are qualified and recommends them to the Church for approval.
- Those approved must go through a one-year Doctrinal Training Class. All new deacons who have been previously ordained, as well as those coming for ordination, go through this entire process. Those who have not been previously ordained, must serve as apprentice deacons while going through the Doctrinal Training Class. At the completion of this class, the apprentice deacons decide if they want to proceed to ordination.
- Those who desire to be ordained will be interviewed and examined by the Ordination Council, led by Lead Pastor Mark Hartman and composed of ordained staff and deacons, to confirm their understanding of and belief in foundational Christian doctrines and their commitment to SCBC.
- Those who are approved will be ordained in May the year after being elected by the church.
Inactive Deacons Returning to Active Status (4) – Deacons in good standing desiring to return to Active status:
Roger Cumba, David Douglas, Mickey Mixon III, Kenneth “Ken” Phillips
Continuing Active Deacons (9) – Each Deacon listed below has completed their present three-year term ending January 31, 2018 and now seeks re-election for a new three-year term (to end January 31, 2021) according to SCBC By-Laws:
Dennis C. Chambers, Ernie Chandler, C. Milton Fick, Rick Goolsby, Tom Jones, Mike Kisinger, Mike Latimer, Karl Wendler, Henry Wong
Ordination to the Deacon Ministry
Following nomination and election at the 2017 Annual Business Meeting two men have completed Doctrinal Training Classes conducted by Pastor Clif Cummings and will be ordained to the Deacon Ministry this year on May 6, 2018: Tedd H. Lawson and D. Michael “Mike” Simpson.
Ordination to the Gospel Ministry
In 2017 we had one candidate interviewed, examined, and approved by the Ordination Council, Jeremy Scott on staff with Missions. He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
This year we have (3) men, Ivan Rivera on staff with Spanish Ministry, Hector Sotelo on staff with Worship Ministry, and Stacy Uy on staff with Adult Ministries, presently attending the Doctrinal Training Classes who will also be interviewed and examined by the Ordination Council. Once confirmed, they will also be ordained this year on May 6, 2018.
Jon Kemp, Chairman