The Deacons of North Lake Presbyterian Church are part of the Care Ministry under the direction of Pastor Lynn Miller, Director of Congregational Care. Each deacon is assigned a specific group of church members within an alphabetical list to periodically communicate with the members. We want to make sure their faith needs and care needs are being met. This communication is typically once or twice a year but may be more frequent when appropriate and may take place via a personal contact in church or at church functions, in a care facility such as a hospital or rehab, or by telephone, email or U.S. Post. There is currently one vacancy and we hope to build our team of deacons from 9 to 18 over the next few years. The eight active deacons are sharing the responsibilities of the vacant position. The deacons may visit members who are hospitalized, in rehab or homebound and may administer communion if desired by the member. On occasion a member may be contacted or visited by another deacon other than the one assigned based on a personal friendship or in the absence of a deacon due to illness or being away. If a deacon has not been able to reach a specific member, that deacon may leave a voice message or perhaps send a note via email or the U.S. Mail. Members may also contact their deacon or call the church directly in the event a care or faith need arises.
If you feel called to this ministry please feel free to contact Pastor Lynn in the church office with questions or to be directed to our nominating committee.
Deacons can be found throughout the New Testament in your Bible. I suggest ‘1 Timothy 3,’ and ‘Titus 1’; you will understand that Deacons are only new to North Lake.
What is a Deacon?
Our Book of Order defines Deacon as follows, “The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.” (G-2.0201)
Goal – As we grow as a community of Christ followers, it is our goal to provide Christian Care to those around us. Deacons will assist in overseeing the care of our congregation, sharing God’s grace, mercy and peace. As we move forward with our Congregational Care Ministry let us not forget our mission statement:
‘Be Christ followers who share in Christ’s love with the community through our Words and Actions’.
1. Have a strong relationship with our Lord and Savior.
2. Deacon must be able to work with trained Ministry Leaders.
3. Have a working relationship with the Director of Congregational Care.
Expectations 1. Vital relationship with Jesus Christ apparent in attitude and action.
2. Willing to embrace NLPC vision, values and statement of faith.
3. Strong interpersonal skills to cultivate healthy relationships with church members.
4. Able to work with Ministry Leaders and Director of Congregational Care.
5. Comfortable making Care Visits in Hospital and Rehabilitation settings.
6. Good judgment and able to maintain confidentiality.
7. Organized, able to make plans and follow-through.
8. Able to work well with others.
9. Comfortable making phone contact with congregational members, checking on their faith needs and care concerns.
10. Attend monthly Deacon Meetings giving report on the well being of the congregation.
Connecting Souls to the Lord,
Pastor Lynn J. Miller,
Director of Congregational Care
Revised April 26, 2018