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Submit A Nomination For A Deacon Candidate

Deacons are servants who are specifically called and set apart (ordained) to serve the local church body. Deacons are servants and shock absorbers.

SERVANTS

Elders are called to "superintend or preside over the affairs of the church." (1 Timothy 5:17), and deacons are called to support that direction. In our churches, elders should make spiritual and directional decisions, while deacons are servants who facilitate congregational involvement to make that vision a reality.

  • SERVICE: Assist in meeting the needs of widows and widowers, hospital visitation, and visitor outreach.

  • LEADERSHIP: Help connect ministries to those in need. Help ministries achieve the mission Jesus has given the church. 

  • SPECIAL DUTIES: Response prayer partner. Distribute Lord's Supper. Collect offering. Fill occasional empty teaching positions.

SHOCK-ABSORBERS

God has always intended to display His glory to the nations, in part, through the unity of the Jews and Gentiles within the church. (Ephesians 3:10) Yet, it was exactly at this juncture that disunity was erupting in the early Jerusalem church.

The Greek-speaking Jews began to complain against the Hebrew-speaking Jews concerning the distribution of food. The church, therefore, chose seven men to distribute the food equitably. More importantly, they were chosen to restore unity where there was division. Unity-building was their primary goal; good administration was the means.

Deacons should be protectors of unity in the church. They should strive fervently to protect unity, prevent gossip, dispel misinformation, and help encourage biblical, Christ-exalting communication.

DEACON QUALIFICATIONS

Paul identifies nine qualifications for the office of deacon in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.

  1. Dignified. (v.8) - Respectable.

  2. Not Double-Tongued. (v.8) - Their word is trustworthy.

  3. Not Addicted To Much Wine. (v.8) - A man is disqualified for the office of deacon if he is addicted to wine or other strong drink. This would indicate a lack of self-control.

  4. Not Greedy For Dishonest Gain. (v.8)

  5. Sound In Faith and Life. (v.9) - The phrase "the mystery of the faith"is simply a reference to the gospel. Consequently, the behavior of a deacon must be consistent with the gospel.

  6. Blameless. (v.10) - Paul writes that deacons must be "tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless". A deacon must have a good overall character.

  7. Have A Godly Wife. (v.11) - According to Paul, deacon's wives must "be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things". Like her husband, the wife must be dignified and respectable. She must not be a slanderer or a person who spreads gossip. A deacon's wife must be temperate, make good judgements and "be faithful in all things". (1 Timothy 5:10)

  8. Husband of One Wife. (v.12)

  9. Manage Children and Household Well. (v.12)

         (Jamie Dunlop, Benjamin Merkle)

DEACON NOMINATIONS

FBCW is looking for men who demonstrate a commitment to following Christ's example in their daily lives and who meet the qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. These men are required to have been a member of the church for at least one year and actively serving in at least one ministry area.