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