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office of deacon is one that exists biblically to give leadership to
the serving functions of the church (Acts 6). The qualification for
deacons are the same as elder in the area of character, but different
in aptitude. The elders are to be "apt to teach" while the deacons are
to be "able and proved as servants".
the need arises for additional deacons, a nominee will be recommended
by the existing Board of Elders. Following an independent interview to
determine if the nominee is biblically qualified, the congregation will
be reminded of the biblical requirements for deacons and given 30 days
to speak personally with the nominee if they are aware of any
disqualifying characteristics. If the matter remains unresolved, the
nominee or church member should approach the Board of Elders and
request that their name be withdrawn from consideration.
Scripture indicates no fixed term for deacons, no specific term of
office is recommended. Instead, each deacon, upon appointment, shall be
asked for a two year commitment. At the end of two years the commitment
will be reviewed, along with a possible recommitment and reaffirmation
by fellow deacons.
During the review, both the
individual and the other deacons, shall evaluate his continued service
as a deacon, again considering the biblical qualifications as well as
any personal factors that might affect his service. An individual's
service as a deacon may be discontinued by his own decision or by the
consensus decision of the Deacons Board. Upon their request the elders
will have the opportunity to participate in the review process.
person leaving the Board of Deacons would not preclude his service as a
future deacon, subject to the regular selection process.
shall serve a term of two years and be eligible for additional terms
upon nomination of the Board of Elders. A deacon may only be dismissed
by a consensus decision of the Board of Elders.
Board of Deacons will be responsible for the oversight of all
financial, benevolent, ordinance, and facility operations of the church.
Board of Deacons shall consist of a chairman, who shall be a member of
the Board of Elders. The church treasurer will be the deacon in charge
of finances. The remainder of the deacons will assume responsibilities
as agreeable and as needed.
Qualifications (I Timothy 3:8-12)
- Individual of dignity
- Above reproach
- Not double tongued
- First tested as servants
- Not addicted to wine
- Spouses must be faithful
- Dignified Temperate
- Not fond of sordid gain
- Holding to the mystery of faith with a clear conscience
- Husband of one wife
- Manages household well