Deacons and church members today are discovering that God has called them to ministry, and that calling is lived out through the spiritual gifts that God provides (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12; Eph. 4). God never calls someone to do something that He does not first equip and empower him or her to perform.
Deacon Thomas Jones
Chairman of the DeaconsDeacon Thomas W. Jones, Sr. was ordained 38 years ago. He loves the Lord and has a heart to serve mankind. When asked about his walk with the Lord he always shares this sentiment. Deacon Jones likens his life to Abraham's call of salvation and a call to service. Abraham first exercised saving faith and the evidence of his having saving faith was that he trusted what God said. God told him to leave his country, his relatives and his father's house and go to a land that He would show him. Abraham did what God said. He showed his faith, by putting his trust in the Lord, and acting upon God's word. Deacon Jones’ faith is unwavering, he knows his path is one of obedience and serving God, by serving others.
Deaconess Rosa Jones
Mother of the Church
Mother Jones loves the Lord with all her heart and soul. She is always ready, willing, and able to serve. She loves this Church and prays diligently for each and every person who enters in. Mother believes that it is for us to always strive to be like Jesus. We are to be patient, understanding, and kind to one another. We should endeavor to love, pray, and support one another as this was the example Jesus left for us to follow.[/one_third]
Responsibilities of a Deacon/Deaconess
In accordance with the meaning of the word in the New Testament, deacons are to recognize their roles as ministering servants of the church. They are to be members of this church whose character and qualifications shall be specified in Timothy 3:8-13, Acts 6:1-6, and Titus 1:6-9. The deacon body shall serve under the leadership of the pastor and assist him in performing duties in order to free him for the ministry of the Word. The deacons will support and work with the pastor as follows:
- To lead the church in the achievement of its mission
- To minister to believers and unbelievers
- To care for the church’s members and others in the community
- To demonstrate consistent stewardship through the deacon’s example in tithing to the church
- To demonstrate Christ-like consecration, loyalty, prayer support and faithfulness to the local church program
- To visit the sick, needy, and indifferent of the church
- To encourage and strengthen new converts and the spiritually weak
- To be available at the worship services for assisting the pastor in receiving new members and counseling new decisions
- To be available to serve on a Deacon Ministry Team
- To be able to serve the Lord’s Supper
In accordance with the meaning of the work and the practice of the Church in the New Testament, deacons are to be servants of the Church. Their task is to serve with the pastor and staff in performing the pastoral ministries of our church.