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Deacons serve our church family as they go through difficult seasons of life. They work together and mobilize the church to meet three types of needs: Benevolent, Care, and Missional Needs.
Those with Benevolent Needs require physical resources or financial help, and are without family members capable of meeting the need (James 1:27, 1 Timothy 5:3-14, Psalms 68:5, Isaiah 1:17).
Those with Care Needs require emotional help or cognitive support throughout and following seasons of suffering (Romans 12:15-16, Galatians 6:2, 2 Corinthians 1:2-5).
Those with Missional Needs require communication and reconciliation of fellowship within the church (Colossians 3:14, Romans 15:5, 1 Corinthians 1:10, 1 Peter 3:8).
What is a Deacon?
A Deacon is a man biblically qualified and equipped by God to serve the needs of the church through love, care, support, and benevolence. The Bible prescribes deacons for the purpose of 1) representing and meeting these needs within the church and 2) freeing the Elders / Pastors to focus on their primary responsibility.
The New Testament affirms the office and qualifications of deacons in 1 Timothy 3. The New Testament deacon “model” is found in Acts 6 and throughout the New Testament Church.
And the twelve [disciples] summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. But select from among you, brethren, seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. Acts 6:2-3
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober- minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 3:8-13
Brandon Van Huss