The title “deacon” comes from the Greek words diakonos (servant) and diakonia (service). The Bible consistently teaches that deacons should be godly men who are above reproach. Although the Bible doesn’t list specific responsibilities for deacons, it does list their qualifications.
In 1 Timothy 3:8-13, Paul says, “In like manner must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre, holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
Faith’s Diaconate has six active members each serving a three year term, with two rotating off each year. Replacements are nominated annually by the congregation and Nominating Committee, with the committee’s prayerful recommendations being presented to the Session and then to the congregation in the fall for their election.
Diaconate responsibilities are divided into six major categories: Chairman, Secretary, Mercy and Benevolence, Finance, Interior and Exterior.
A report is presented to the Session at their monthly meeting, usually by the chairman, containing the latest Diaconate minutes and monthly financial report. The unity of Faith’s Diaconate has paved the way for conducting business with mutual respect, friendship, and integrity. A spirit of teamwork embodies your diaconate with each deacon actively pursuing the fiscal and financial health of the church in addition to meeting needs of mercy and benevolence. Please contact any of the deacons with your concerns, ideas or needs.