CHAIR, Shannon Tiger
Bill Ford, Sallie McLaughlin, Bill Tiger, Phil Todd
CHAIR, Rocky Wade
Jim Farthing, Jim Hansford, Aaron Hembree, Mitch Hembree,
CHAIR, Charles Prescott
Joel Deichman, Sam Garlow, Terry Hopkins, Cliff Lehmann, David Stevens
ROGER HENSON, Chairman of the Deacons
A. Definition of a “Deacon”: The term “deacon” in the New Testament means, “a minister; a servant; one who ministers to, or serves others.” A deacon is not a person of authority; rather he is a servant of the church.
B. The Need for Deacons: Biblical leaders such as Moses and the Apostles shared the responsibility of ministering to others. (Exodus 18:13-27; Acts 6:1-2) A church staff, whether it is the pastor, minister of education, minister of music, secretary or custodian, cannot be successful without the members of the church accepting their responsibility to minister to others.
C. Scriptural Characteristics of Deacons:
The principal Biblical passages identifying the qualifications of deacons as set forth in I Timothy 3:8-13 reads as follows: Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested: and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. From these scriptural passages, we derive the following qualifications:
- Worthy of respect - Individuals recognized by others to be honest in character and actions
- Sincere – Truthful and dependable in speech and deeds; absence of deceit
- Not indulging in much wine – Refraining from any activity that would create a stumbling block to others; be exemplary in one’s conduct
- Not pursuing dishonest gain – Being honest in one’s dealing’s with others; avoiding taking a dishonest advantage of another for profit or gain
- Keeping hold of a deep truth of the faith with a clear conscience – Being a person of great conviction; bold in the faith, a firm and unswerving believer in Jesus Christ
- Tested – Tried and proven; words and deeds demonstrate one’s capacity to be a deacon
- Spouse must be worthy of respect – Spouse is recognized by others to be honest in character and in actions
- Spouse is not a malicious talker – Person who has a genuine concern for others and does not speak ill of maliciously of others
- Spouse is temperate – Refrain from any activity that would create a stumbling block to others; be exemplary in one’s conduct
- Spouse is trustworthy in everything - Full of integrity
- Deacon must have but one spouse – The deacon must be committed to the New Testament concept of the sanctity of marriage and the ideal of marriage to one spouse.
- Must manage the children and the household well – Setting an example for a godly lifestyle; encouraging one’s children in moral and godly ways
D. Personal Characteristics: While all come short in some respect to the Biblical Standard, the objective should always be to nominate and elect those persons who are found to exemplify as many of the scriptural characteristics as possible.
E. General Areas of Service: To the best of one’s ability, the deacon should serve the church and the pastor in as many areas as individual talents will enable. As a minimum, in addition to serving as Deacon of the Week and West Door Greeter, each deacon will be expected to select one of the following committees on which to serve:
- Homebound/rest home visitation committee
- Hospital visitation committee
- Odd jobs/ home repairs committee
- Visitor contact committee.
F. Individual Requirements/Expectations:
- A Christian for at least three years
- A member of First Baptist Church Shawnee for at least one year, and 18 years or older
- A regular church attender
- A member of a Sunday School class or department and attends regularly
- A financial supporter of the church and its ministries with tithes and offerings
- One who attends at least 50% of scheduled deacons meetings (This document is based, in part, on an older FBC deacon document dealing with Deacon Characteristics and Qualifications.