Deacons Ministry

The primary purpose of the Deacon is to under gird and support the Senior Pastor as he carries out the church vision which is given to him by God Our Heavenly Father. The pastoral position always includes seeking to meet the spiritual and physical well being of the people of God and the Deacons Ministry is an integral arm of the church that assists the Senior Pastor in his efforts to do so.

Vision:

To develop Deacons who are Ambassadors of the Word of God and are blameless, faithful, prayerful, submitted, humble servants of God committed to a life of service to their fellowman and the Church of Jesus Christ

Leaders:

Chairman Wayne Flagg

Duties:

Deacons at Bethel Baptist Church are expected to attend monthly Deacons’ Ministry meetings, serve communion to the members at 7:30 am and 11:00 am church services, then serve communion to sick and shut-in members through out the city. They are also expected to officiate at weekly prayer services, visit the sick when ever called upon to do so, assist in feeding the needy, overseeing the Beneficent Fund, mentoring youth, ministering to the elderly, and being men of prayer and faith. The Deacon’s personal responsibility is to maintain a humble, compassionate spirit that is willing to love the unlovable, reach the unreachable, remain submitted to the Word of God and the Senior Pastor, and have a heart quick to repent to God and forgive others.

Who Can Join?

This is a ministry you must be nominated to by members of the Deacons’ Ministry and the Senior Pastor. Upon approval of the Board of Directors you are then voted on by the congregation at an Annual Church meeting. You must serve on trial for a period of one year after which you are ordained by the laying on of hands by the Senior Pastor and other deacons during a Sunday Church service. The ministry of the deacon was first established in Acts 6:1-7. The third verse of this passage states men should be selected who are of an honest report and full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom. In the Apostle Paul’s letter to his son in the ministry, Titus, he instructs Titus to select for an elder (another term for deacon) in the city of Crete, men who are blameless, the husband of one wife, and having faithful children (who are believers) who are not accused of riot (being wild) or unruly (disobedient) behavior. He must also be slow to anger, not given to wine, no striker (violent), not self willed (arrogant), or greedy for money. He then tells Titus that this man should be one who loves to show hospitality, loves people, is sober, just, temperate, holy, and holds fast to the message which can be trusted and agrees with the doctrine of the Bible. Titus 1:5-9

Meeting Times:

This ministry meets bi-monthly the last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.

“Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre, holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.” 1 Timothy 8:10"

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