What is a Deacon?
The word diakonos simply means “servant.” While all Christians are servants, the term also designates a formal church office. Deacons—rightly defined and deployed—are model servants who excel in being attentive and responsive to physical needs in the life of a church. They assist the elders, organize service, care for the needy, protect unity, mobilize ministry, and more. Simply put, deacons lead the church by serving.
Who Should I Nominate?
The office of deacon at Providence Church is for qualified women and men who are current members in our church body. Distilling the qualifications in 1 Tim. 3 and Acts 6, we would highlight three areas:
Someone who is godly. Their lives are characterized by the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). They don’t need to be perfect, but they should be an example to others.
Someone who is proven. The goal is find someone who is already serving and formalize their role. Therefore, they should have a track-record of serving others in our church and in the city.
Someone who is practical. Deacons minister to physical needs in the life of the church. So while theological alignment and depth is important, the primary focus is on someone who can get ordinary things done. Examples of some deacon roles include: Chairman, Hospitality, Finance & Benevolence, Women’s Ministry, Local Partnership (e.g. Mission Possible). Related to this, they should have time to devote to the role.
Please fill out the below form to nominate someone for the role of deacon in Providence Church. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2023.