Posted on Sat, Dec 28, 2019
by Mike Bradley, Ruling Elder
WHAT IS A DEACON? by Mike Bradley, Ruling Elder
Since we have a new Deacon Candidate among our congregation, this is probably a good time to refresh ourselves on the role and responsibilities of the Deaconate. As you will remember, we ordained two Deacons last year.
One of our Deacons moved out of state, and the other, Chuck Thomsen, will only be with us for a few months each year. There are only two ordained offices within the tradition of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). These are the offices of Elder (Teaching and Ruling) and Deacon. In our Book of Church Order (BCO) it states that “It is the duty of deacons to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress… to care for the property of the congregation... and to keep in proper repair the church edifice and other buildings belonging to the congregation.”
By convention it is very common that deacons might also have a specialized ministry in addition to those stated in the BCO. Examples of these gifts might be music, compassion, finances, carpentry, hospitality or any number of others. In the broadest sense, the deacons are assistants to the elders and may be called upon to help the elders with programs, tasks, and projects. In the biblical sense, the Greek word diakonos is translated as minister or servant.
We see in Acts 6 that the apostles asked the followers of Christ to choose seven among them to care for widows and the poor. The apostles asked for these seven to become deacons so that they would be left free to preach the gospel. Steven was among the seven chosen. He was also the first martyr of the church.
The Session has nominated Mike Hays for a six-month period of training, examination, discernment and internship. Please pray for 3 Mike as he goes through this process. Mike, myself and the Session will begin his training/ internship/discernment starting in the New Year. After completion of the program, he will be recommended for election by the congregation. Once elected, he would be ordained sometime in the Summer.
When you see Mike Hays, give him a word of encouragement and keep him in your prayers!
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