The Ministry of Deacons
The ministry of a deacon is simply to serve alongside the Pastor as he performs pastoral ministries of the church with a goal of helping the pastor accomplish his affective pastoral duties. This ministry is exemplified in the servant’s heart.
Putting others first is the normal way of life and character of the deacon. He serves others, so that his sacrificial serving might reflect the sacrifice of the One once offered for all sin, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Deacons are to be about the business of:
- Proclaiming the gospel to all who have an ear to hear.
- Caring for the church’s members and other persons in the community that cannot care for themselves.
- Leading the church under the guidance of and submission to its pastor toward the achievement of its gospel propagation mission.
- Protecting the unity of the church, which is the body of Christ
Characteristics of a Deacon
- A deacon must be a male believer and member of the church who possesses the following Scriptural characteristics, and who is ordained by this church or by a Baptist church of like faith and order. The following section provides an outline for describing the characteristics of a deacon.
- A Man Who Serves as a Behavior of Life – Already serving the body through faithful service to God through the church in corporate worship attendance, Sunday School, prayer ministry and personal ministry, such as teaching, visiting, etc. (Matthew 20:20-28; John 13:1-17; Acts 6:1-8; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Peter 4:7-11)
- A Man Sought by his Brethren – Sought by the body of Christ, not a man seeking the honor of being called a deacon. A man recognized by the church for his spirit of continual service. (Acts 6:3-5; Romans 12:3; Galatians 5:24-26)
- A Man Sincere in the Faith – One who casts no slur on others; does not spread discord among the brethren; keeps his promises and commitments; lives by faith and is a faithful man; is not a backbiter; is truthful in love; honest and of good reputation. (Psalm 15:1-3; Proverbs 6:16-19; Acts 6:3-5; Galatians 2:20, 5:14-15; Ephesians 4:25-27)
- A Man Sacrificial in his Nature – Willing to meet the needs of others by his own initiative; willing to participate in the caring ministry of deacons; a cheerful and a gracious giver; a selfless man. (Malachi 3:10; John 13:12-17; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Corinthians 10:24; 1 Thessalonians 3:6-10; 1 Timothy 5:3)
- A Man Controlled by the Spirit of God – The Word says full of the Holy Spirit; recognizing and exercising spiritual gifts; a man committed to prayer and the study of God’s word. (Matthew 6:1-15; Acts 6:3-5; Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 12:1-12; 2 Timothy 2:15)
- A Man that, by word and deed, is a conduit for God’s Spirit as He draws all men to Christ – Willing to be trained and to train others to use the Word of God that the Holy Spirit of God might draw all men unto Himself to the glory of Christ. (Proverbs 11:30; Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 14:16-23)
- A Man life committed to His Family – Faithful; sexually pure; the husband of one wife (not divorced, a one woman man); managing his children and household well; blameless; tested; nothing held against him; abstaining from alcohol and illegal drugs; with exemplary family life lived out before the flock. (Malachi 2:16; Ephesians 5:25-32, 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Timothy 3:8-13; Hebrews 13:4-5)