“Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. And the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, ‘It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. But select from among you, brethren, seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. But we will devote ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.’ And the statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch. And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.” (Acts 6:1-6 NASB)
The Deacons serve in partnership with the Lead Pastor by meeting the physical needs of the church.
Responsibilities. The Deacons shall be ready to assist the Lead Pastor in any service that shall support and promote the ministry of the Word, new and existing ministries of the Church, and the care for the members of the congregation. Their responsibilities include:
- Administering a Benevolence Fund to assist the poor and needy, and otherwise providing aid in times of crisis or distress;
- Oversight of the Usher Ministry;
- Assisting in administering the ordinances of the church;
- Assisting at fellowship gatherings of the church;
- Serving the membership of this church;
- Any additional duties as assigned by the Lead Pastor.
What are the qualifications required to serve as a Deacon at Faith Baptist Church?
All potential Deacons must meet the biblical requirements for the office of Deacon in Acts 6:1-6 and 1 Timothy 3:8-13.
Moreover, Deacons must be church members of a church of like doctrine and practice to Faith Baptist Church for at least two years, and members of Faith Baptist Church for at least six months prior to their election to the office of Deacon. Deacons are nominated by the congregation, examined by the Deacon body and the Lead Pastor/Elder, and subsequently elected by the congregation according to the Constitution and By-laws of Faith Baptist Church.