The Diaconate

In March of each year, the church begins the process of nominating deacons. The election takes place on the 3rd Sunday of May.

The New Testament describes deacons as “servant leaders". The word in Greek literally means “waiter of a table.” More importantly, Jesus taught us that leaders are servants: “Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26b-28). The Diaconate of First Baptist is a servant body.

We, at First Baptist, gladly support women in ministry, whether deacons or ministers. We do so because we believe that the Bible clearly teaches women were deacons; otherwise, we’d have to “explain away” Paul’s words in Romans 16: “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae.” However, we don’t explain it away; we celebrate and affirm women in ministry.

Deacons, of course, should be people of Christian faith seeking to live out Paul’s admonition to “live a life worthy of the gospel!” (Philippians 1:27). "Deacons must be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in much wine, not greedy for money; they must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them first be tested; then, if they prove themselves blameless, let them serve as deacons." (1 Timothy 3:8-10)

We pray that our congregation will nominate people of Christian integrity, people of commitment to Christ and to this church. The most important discipline we can practice to prepare for this process is to pray for God’s leadership as we seek to elect new leaders for a new season of Christian service and leadership!

The Ministry of a Deacon

The Team Ministry model for the Diaconate recognizes that deacons are gifted for different kinds of ministry, and that church members who are not deacons are gifted to accomplish these ministries alongside of deacons. Each deacon will have the opportunity to choose an area of ministry they are passionate about and gifted to do. Below are the major ministry teams:

  • New Members: Welcome and shepherd new members of FBCSP so they become active in the life of the church.

  • Hospitality: Welcome visitor(s) and encourage them to visit again.

  • Scripture & Prayer in Worship: Participate in scripture reading and prayer during worship services.

  • Wednesday Night Suppers: Provide servers and folks to help clean up afterwards. Encourage fellowship and encourage individuals to get involved with church activities and organizations on which to serve.

  • Hospital Visitation: Augment the church staff on weekends to visit hospitalized church members, visitors, and families.

  • In-Home Care: Reach each shut-in monthly by a visit, phone call, or mail. Coordinate with church staff on those who are long- and short-term shut-ins.

  • Ushers and Security: Greet guests, hand out bulletins, collect offerings, and monitor hallways during Sunday services and other programs.

  • Bereavement: Minister to members who have experienced a loss by writing, making phone calls, and visiting.

The deacons also serve The Lord's Supper each month on a rotating basis. This model also gives the Diaconate more time to guide the Spiritual Life of the church.

Last Published: April 14, 2020 6:39 PM