Two Church Offices
There are two church offices described in the New Testament: Elders (pastors) and Deacons. Both roles are significant and necessary, yet distinct. Both are called to servant leadership, following the example of Christ. Elders serve by leading, whereas Deacons lead by serving. In other words, Elders are called to lead, make decisions, and provide the spiritual oversight and shepherding of the church body. Deacons are called to serve by coming alongside the Elders in helping carry out the ministries of the church, meeting tangible needs, providing role models and spiritual care, and helping maintain the unity of the church. The church needs godly men occupying both offices in order to be healthy.
Biblical Qualifications for Deacons
1 TIMOTHY 3:8-13 ESV
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
To learn more, read this article on The Biblical Qualifications & Responsibilities of Deacons from 9Marks Journal.
CURRENT DEACONS SERVING IN 2022
- Justin Dorton
- Jake Garrett
- Will Gurley
- Edwin Kohn
- Jay Sirmon
- Ed Tatge
(Names in bold are men who will be rotating off at end of 2022)
NOMINATE A CANDIDATE FOR DEACON
Based on how the Bible describes the role & expectations of Deacons, here are some things to look for in potential candidates:
-Lead their homes well
-A servant in the church
-Partners of Friendship
Nominations for 2023 Deacon candidates were due by November 23rd.
Nominees will be presented during services on November 27th.
Voting will take place during in-person services on December 11th.