Deacon, as the term 'diaconate' is usually translated, is defined as a servant of God, an ordained helper in the church and a church leader who ministers others under the authority of the Pastor. Deacons assist the Pastor in serving the needs of the congregation. Deacons are expected to meet the biblical standards of their office, (as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:8-10), and to demonstrate spiritual maturity including tithing of their time, talents and resources.
Members of this ministry are appointed by the Pastor with the consent of the congregation. Each appointee serves for a term of three years, and may be reappointed indefinitely. Initial appointments are made to an "in training" title, pending completion of required studies and examination. Deacons are then ordained by the church and continue to perform their duties. Our Diaconate Ministry meetings are held every third Monday of the month.
The duties of the deacons center around assisting the Pastor in serving the temporal needs of the congregation, according to Acts 6:17. This includes visiting the sick, assisting in celebrating Holy Communion, supporting in the performance of baptisms, and aiding families in crisis.
As one of two ordained roles of the church, members of the Diaconate are expected to demonstrate exemplary Christian traits. In leadership, they are examples pertaining to worship, Bible knowledge, prayer, and godly service.