Chairman of the Deacons
Serves with the Senior Pastor, the staff and other deacons
Harry & Carol Finley
SERVE THE FAMILIES A-G
Becky Corder & Jim Hix
SERVE THE FAMILIES H-P
Elaine Comer & Manjaka
SERVE THE FAMILIES Q-Z
What is a Deacon?
In the New Testament, the word usually translated "serve" is the Greek word diakoneo, which literally means "through the dirt." It refers to an attendant, a waiter, or one who ministers to another. From this word we get the English word “deacon.” We first see the word "deacon" used this way in the book of Acts. “And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables” (Acts 6:2). The men who were giving themselves to feeding the flock by preaching and teaching realized that it wasn’t right for them to leave those activities to wait tables, so they found some other men who were willing to serve, and put them in place to minister to the church’s physical needs while the elders or pastors ministered to their spiritual needs. It was a better use of the resources they were given, and a better use of everyone’s gifts. It also got more people involved in serving and helping one another.
Today, for the biblical church, these roles are essentially the same. Elders and pastors are to “preach the word…reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2), and deacons are to be appointed to take care of everything else. Simply stated our deacons serve. They join together to pray for the needs of the church, church members and they serve at the feet of the church. Often they are the first to open a door, to clean up after a meal, or to sit with a friend in need. Braddock has paired two deacons together. This pairing is the servant team of the families listed in their alphabetical grouping.
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Characteristics that set them apart
Paul identifies nine qualifications for deacons in 1 Timothy 3:8-12:
Dignified (v. 8)
Not double-tongued (v. 8)
Not addicted to much wine (v. 8)
Not greedy for dishonest gain (v. 8)
Sound in faith and life (v. 9)
Blameless (v. 10)
Godly wife (v. 11)
Husband of one wife (v. 12)
Manage children and household well (v. 12)