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Who should be elected as a Deacon?

Posted on Sun, Apr 3, 2005

Thoughts from Rev. Miller

Who should be elected as a Deacon?

The role of a deacon is not an honorary position but one of honor because of the responsibility that goes with it. Paul said, "those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 3: 18)

I have continually told deacons over the years, the church will grow in love, appreciation, and service when deacons do their work. The deacons are concerned with the spiritual welfare of the church. They are the ones who must stand for the belief and practice of biblical standards. They also have their finger on the pulse of society and the church. They do as Jesus did. Jesus went about doing good, and this is just what deacons are to do. They love, care, witness, visit, encourage, and especially serve others for the up building of the Kingdom of God. They are the most important assets that the Pastor has. As the deacons go, so goes the Pastor

Howard B. Foshee in his book, The Ministry of Deacon, has suggested some guidelines for the qualifications of a deacon:

1) Maintain biblical qualifications. These are found in Acts 6: 1-7 and Timothy 3: 8-13.

2) Choose persons who can serve well. We need men and women who will visit, minister to the needs of the families assigned to them, and help develop the fellowship of the church.

3) Choose persons who can work well with others. A person who is sensitive and gets his or her feelings hurt easily, will have problems serving as a deacon. Deacons must be able to accept criticism in love.

4) And here is one of my own beliefs. A deacon must be willing to do that which at first seems uncomfortable. Moses did not want to go to go to Egypt, but he went. Jonah did not want to preach but he did. Abraham didnít want to sacrifice Isaac, but he was willing. Having feelings of uncertainty is common with all people when asked to do a job. What job will the deacon be asked to do? He or she maybe substituting for the pastor in his absence, or teaching a Sunday school class, visiting a disgruntled member, sit in emergency room or intensive care with an anxious family member, or speak in front of the church. What it took me a long time to learn in my own life is that nothing we do for the first time is ever easy, but in fact is nerve racking, and awkward. Nothing is ever great the first time we do it. But the more we do it, the more confidence we gain, the better we become, and the better servants we become. I hope to see you April 10th as we celebrate the office of the deacon. - In His Service, Ken

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