What is a Deacon?
Deacons are servants of the church. (Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:8-13). Their task is to serve with the Senior Pastor and staff in performing the pastoral ministry tasks of proclaiming the Gospel to believers and non-believers, caring for the church’s members and other persons in the community, and leading Glen Meadows Baptist Church.
Deacons are men of dignity, worthy of respect, and serious minded. They are consistent and righteous in what they say. The character and effectiveness of any church is directly related to the quality of its leadership. That's why the Bible stresses the importance of qualified church leadership and has specific standards for evaluating those who would serve in that position.
- A deacon must hold "to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience" (1 Timothy 3:9)
- "These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach" (1 Timothy 3:10). They must be men already tested and proven faithful.
- A deacon must be morally pure in every way.
- Deacons must lead their families well. Deacons are to be "good managers of their children and their households" (1 Timothy 3:12)
What does a Deacon Do?
Establish and maintain spiritual, fraternal, and personal relations with the membership of the church emphasizing a concern for spiritual growth;
Serve as counsel to assist the Senior Pastor, with the leading of the Holy Spirit, concerning the progress and welfare of the church;
Seek to resolve any fellowship, doctrinal or procedural issues within the church, and discipline problems; and,
Assist the Senior Pastor in administering the church ordinances.
Goes to hospital visits, Communion services to the homebound, support to all families in any way possible, even helping with construction, plumbing, maintenance, yardwork, or computer difficulties.