July 18, 2001
First Baptist Church
M A N U A L
. . . whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave-- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matt. 20:26-28
DEACON MINISTRY MANUAL
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|THIS TABLE USES "GO TO" LINKS, SINGLE-CLICK ON A TOPIC|
I. Deacons In Scripture
II. Organization and Structure of the Deacon Fellowship
III. Deacons For Service In Godís Kingdom
Tab 1. Deacon Nomination Process
Tab 2. Calendar, Rosters, Committees, and Organizations
Tab 3. Church Constitution and By-Laws/Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual
Tab 4. Ministries
Tab 5. Meeting Minutes, Notes and Miscellaneous
I. Deacons In Scripture
A. The Office of Deacon Defined
The office of the deacon is introduced in the New Testament in Acts 6. The seven men appointed in Acts 6 were not actually called "deacons". However, students of the Bible generally agree that the "seven" were the prototype of todayís deacons. The early days of growth through the ministry of the apostles were accompanied by many demands of service, which the apostles could not adequately provide. Specifically mentioned were increasing complaints by the Grecian Jews against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. Thus, the appointment of these dedicated individuals provided support and service for the ministry of the gospel by meeting practical needs within the church body.
It is important to note that, in this first introduction, emphasis is placed upon the character of the men chosen to serve as deacons. Seven men were chosen who were "known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom." Among those chosen was Stephen, "a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit." No matter what the ministry to be performed was to involve, in this case the waiting of tables and service to widows, the life and character of the man chosen to perform it was the determining factor.
The term "deacon" is derived from the Greek word diakinos. This word simply means "one who serves". The picture of the servant we receive from the New Testament includes supporting, sharing, and sacrificing for the ministry of the Gospel. The focus of the deacon ministry is always centered upon the fellowship of the local church.
In addition to Acts 6, the primary scriptural reference to deacons is found in I Timothy 3. The letters to Timothy and Titus are known as the Pastoral Epistles. The primary focus and content of these letters is that of order and structure in the church. Your appointment to the deacon fellowship is better understood in relation to your role as a co-worker and fellow servant in the Gospel.
The deacon is intended to serve as a model to the local church through the character of his life as well as through his involvement in ministry. Thus, this role is not intended to be sought after for personal honor, but rather is to be viewed as a call to a greater commitment of service. The desire and willingness to live the life of a servant is a critical qualification for deacon selection.
B. Standards of Life and Character
Selection to the office of deacon at First Baptist Church Niceville is based on the standards found in Acts 6 and I Timothy 3. These standards are essential to the services that the deacon is expected to perform. In our life and Christian walk, what we do is normally a reflection of who we are. Each man chosen to serve in the fellowship of deacons is expected to nurture his personal life and relationships so that he is able to fulfill the responsibilities of ministry that God has outlined for him in Scripture. A deacon must demonstrate a heart for God through scriptural attributes and demonstrated spiritual maturity and service identified in Tab 1.
C. Deacons in the New Testament
There are several aspects that need to be understood about the deacon based on examples in the New Testament. First, he is selected to serve by his fellow members and church leaders. Next, he is recognized to be faithful, and finally, the deacon is to be seen as an extension of the pastoral ministry. He is given the responsibility of making the truth of God's Word come alive in the fellowship of the local church.
In view of this, Stephen is the most significant Biblical example of a New Testament deacon. It is obvious from the context of Acts 6-7 that God mightily used Stephen in the 1st century Church. Stephen and the other deacons were men "full of the Spirit and wisdom" (v.3), elected by the church (v.5) and ordained by the apostles (v.6). The deacon's purpose was to perform tasks of service and ministry to the local church so that the Apostles would not have to "neglect the ministry of the word of God."
Take time to read the inspiring account of Stephen's life and ministry. As a result of his ministry, "the word of God spread and the number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly". (v.7) Stephen ultimately was stoned to death for his faith. Should we expect that our service to Christ cost us nothing?
D. Implementing Biblical Principles
As previously stated, the word deacon means, "one who serves". The goal of our deacon fellowship is to serve others to the glory of God. Like the deacons in the early church, you have been chosen and entrusted with care of and ministry to the First Baptist Church family.
To help equip you for personal ministry involvement and development, the remaining sections of this manual will focus on defining areas of deacon ministry. It is important to note that some ministry areas are clearly defined as deacon responsibilities. Equally important is deacon involvement in, and support of, other churchwide ministries. Our purpose is not to "re-invent" ministries where ministries already exist, but to meet the needs of our church in the most effective way possible.
II. Organization and Structure of the Deacon Fellowship
Following is a summary of the organization of the Deacon Body and the duties of its leaders.
A. Deacon Body.
According to the First Baptist Church Constitution, the Deacon Body is the active, functional, organized body of deacons elected and set aside by our church for current ministry to our church. The number of deacons is set by the church constitution. However, the deacons have the responsibility to recommend to the church changes in the deacon membership as ministry requirements dictate.
B. Deacon Leadership.
The deacons shall be organized as a unit, electing three officers to serve for the current year following the annual election of deacons, usually in a called meeting following the service during which the new deacons are presented to the church congregation. These officers consist of:
Chosen by the Deacon Body, this person serves as the motivational and organizational leader of the deacon body. His duties include, but are not limited to the following:
--Take action to ensure the pulpit is filled.
-- Appoint an Interim Pastor Search Committee.
-- Call the church into conference for establishing a season of prayer, after which a Pastor Search Committee would be elected.
The Active Deacon Body elects the Vice-Chairman. His duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Elected by the Deacon Body, the duties of the Secretary include, but are not limited to, the following:
The deacons shall serve as a council of advice and conference with the pastor in all matters pertaining to the welfare and the work of the church. With the pastor they are to consider and to formulate plans for the consistent effort and progress of the church in all things pertaining to the saving of souls, the development of Christians, and the extension and growth of the Kingdom of God. By proper organization and method among themselves, and in conjunction with the Sunday School, they are to establish and maintain personal relations with and minister to all the membership of the church. They are to seek to know the physical needs and the moral and spiritual struggles of the brothers and sisters; and to serve the whole church in relieving need or concerns, encouraging, and developing all who are in need.
All deacons (active, reserve and emeritus) are encouraged to lead the church in its various ministries and committee functions. Deacons should actively participate as a ministry team leader or committee member in the planning, organization and execution of these ministries. Deacons must model themselves after the "Seven Principles of Servant Leadership" identified in Dr C. Gene Wilkes book, Jesus On Leadership. In addition, they are responsible for reporting on ministry status in deacons meetings and providing ministry status reports to the Deacon Chairman. Section III, "Deaconís For Service In Godís Kingdom" will outline the details of the various church ministries and committees.
The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Deacons make deacon committee appointments and deacon ministry team appointments (Tab 2) to delegate responsibility for special deacon ministries, activities or fellowships, which are scheduled on an annual or one-time basis.
C. Deacons Meetings.
Deacons meetings are normally scheduled on a monthly basis. Additional meetings may be scheduled on an "as required" basis. All active deacons are expected to attend and to submit his resignation if he is absent for 3 consecutive meetings unless providentially hindered. The pastor and members of the church staff should also attend the meeting. Invited guests will periodically attend to provide information or bring proposals before the Deacon Body. Called meetings may be held when deemed necessary and may be called either by the pastor or by the chairman of deacons with their mutual consent or by the written request of at least four (4) active members of the deacons.
The main purpose of the monthly meeting is the coordination of ministry plans and consideration of church business. It is also an important time for fellowship, encouragement and prayer. Anytime the deacons meet; they should assemble as a spiritual, ministry-oriented team. The tone and agenda of the meeting should reflect this spirit.
The deacon chairman is responsible for planning and conducting the deacons meeting. The agenda for the meeting will normally include, but is not limited to, the following sample format:
1. Opening Prayer and/or short devotion/testimony
2. Reading and approval of minutes from the previous meeting
3. Treasurerís report and approval
4. Sharing of ministry reports
5. Pastorís period (to share matters of interest to the deacons)
6. Information period (may include reports from the church staff, Church Council, church committees and other leaders about various areas of church life)
7. Other business or discussion
8. Prayer requests
9. Closing prayer time
In preparing the agenda, the deacon chairman consults the pastor, the church staff and the other deacon officers.
D. Deacon Selection and Rotation.
Deacons are elected and ordained by the Church for life. The church nominates deacon candidates at large, but screened and processed by the Deacon Nominating Committee, whose members are those in their third year of service as an active Deacon. The Committee encourages an emphasis on the qualifications described previously in this manual in reviewing the submitted recommendations. The process of nominating and electing deacons is described in the following paragraph.
1. Developing a list of eligible men for deacon nomination
a. The Chairman of Deacons, in conjunction with the Deacon Nominating Committee (DNC) will annually develop a Deacon nominating schedule using the "Guide to Deacon Nomination/Election Procedure" at Tab 1 as a guideline, with specific dates aligned for the applicable church year.
b. The developed schedule will be submitted for inclusion in the church calendar not later than January 1st of each year.
c. The Deacon Nominating Committee (DNC) will obtain a list of men who have been church members at least one year and are at least 25 years of age, and have been a Christian for 5 years.
d. This list will be evaluated against the Sunday school records. If a man has not attended Sunday school an average of twice a month over the past year or proven through other faithful service that he actively supports the program of the Church, his name will be removed from the list of eligible men.
e. The following will be mailed to the remaining men: a letter stating that he will be listed as an eligible candidate to serve as an active deacon, a copy of the deacon standards of life and character, a response card and a return envelope.
f. The letter will ask each man to review the enclosed standards of life and character and; (1) determine if he is eligible according to these standards to serve as a deacon, (2) prayerfully consider serving if nominated, (3) sign and return the card in the envelope provided, indicating a positive response, if he is eligible and wants to be considered OR indicate a negative response if he desires not to be considered. A negative response, or no response, will remove his name from the nomination list.
g. The pastor will be advised of the nomination list prior to the list being disseminated to the church. If a man on the eligible list is nominated and refuses to serve, his name will be removed from the list of eligible men until he notifies the deacon secretary that he once again feels that he would serve if nominated.
2. The nomination process:
a. Publish the deacon nomination list in the Church newsletter.
b. Call the church to a 40-day season of prayer.
c. Open the nominating process two Sundays prior to the end of the season of prayer.
d. Distribute ballots with a list of eligible men during morning worship services during open nominating process
e. Close nominating process in 2 weeks at the end of 40-day season of prayer.
f. Accept nominations anytime during these 2 weeks with a ballot box being provided in the vestibule.
3. Candidate selection:
a. The DNC will count nomination ballots and establish a list of the nominees in order of votes received starting with the highest number through the lowest number. The list in this order will be used by the DNC for contacting the top candidates. Should any candidate decline the nomination, the next individual on this priority listing will be contacted for consideration.
b. The DNC will contact the number of top candidates needed to fill the projected vacancies. The contact will be by personal visit except for deacons that have served at NFBC. During the contact:
(1) announce the nomination
(2) explain the role of the deacon and his wife
(3) provide a copy of the deacon information sheet and standards of life and character (Tab 1)
(4) allow the nominee and his wife a few days to pray about accepting the nomination.
c. The DNC will establish a return visit. If the nominee accepts the nomination, provide him with the Baptist Faith and Message (red brochure), sample questions concerning the interview subject matter, and deacon information sheet (Tab 1), and then arrange a time for the Pastor and Chairman of Deacons to meet with the nominee and his wife. If the nominee elects not to serve, the DNC will contact the man receiving the next larger number of nominations.
d. The Nominee and wife, if married, will meet with the Pastor and Chairman of Deacons as scheduled.
e. If any nominees have not been ordained that have been successfully interviewed, a presbytery will be formed to investigate their walk with the Lord and their readiness for service in His Kingdom as a deacon. If approved at the presbytery, these men, along with other candidates, will be presented to the church for election. Under no circumstances will the names of the candidates be revealed to the church until all actions have been completed. Ordination will be accomplished in accordance with Acts 6:6 within thirty (30) days after the date of election. The service will be of public nature, under the direction of the pastor.
First Baptist Church uses a rotation system for the Deacon Body based on a three-year cycle. There are several reasons why this procedure is used in our deacon ministry:
Deacons, who have rotated from the Active Deacon Body for a period of at least one-year, will automatically be eligible for recommendation to the Church for election to the Deacon Body. Each yearís compliment of deacons to be elected consists of one-third of the total authorized membership on the Active Deacon Body. Upon completion of a three-year term, a deacon is not eligible for reelection to the Deacon Body for one full year. Special elections may be held to fill vacancies occurring within the Deacon Body. In those instances, persons filling a one-year term are eligible for re-election, but a person filling a two-year vacancy must wait one full year before becoming eligible.
E. Deacon Classification.
The Deacon Body includes all of those elected into office at the beginning of the church year and those who have remaining time for service prior to rotating off of the active deacon Body. Each of these men is actively involved in deacon ministry activities and is expected to fulfill all requirements of deacon ministry at First Baptist Church. These men are sometimes referred to as "active" deacons.
The Reserve Deacons include all of those who have been ordained and served as deacons at First Baptist Church. They have rotated off of current active status as part of the normal rotation process, or have rotated off and have returned to active service. This classification may also include deacons previously ordained in other Baptist churches that are not active in our Deacon Body.
"Deacon Emeritus" is an honorary designation for deacons ordained by a Southern Baptist Church who have distinguished themselves in service to the Lord and find themselves no longer able to serve in an active capacity due to ill health or advanced age. Should the Deacon Body recognize this situation, the Deacon Nominating Committee will approach the individual to secure their permission for nomination to the church for this honor. Deacon Emeritus is not subject to rotation or re-election. They are invited, but not mandated, to participate in all deacon meetings and functions. While Deacons Emeritus may participate as members of the Deacon Body, they are not included in the Deacon Body limit.
F. Budget Action.
G. Deacon Ministry Manual Maintenance.
The Deacon Ministry Manual is designed to be a "living" document. As we move forward, new ministries will be identified. It may be determined that some ministries are no longer useful or appropriate. Others may require changes in procedures and responsibilities.
To reflect these changes, this manual has been created in a format that may be revised on an "as needed" basis and re-distributed to the deacon membership. The Deacon Secretary is responsible for coordinating these updates as they are identified.
The purpose in creating this document is to provide a "dynamic" framework for ministry that will serve effectively both now and in the future.
Any changes affecting the general duties, membership, qualifications, or procedures for election of deacons, as noted in the church constitution and bylaws, will be presented to the church for adoption under the provisions of ARTICLE IX - Amendments, Church Constitution and By-laws. Other necessary changes may be made without church approval.
III. Deacons For Service In Godís Kingdom
A. Organizing for Effective Ministry
Shared involvement in ministry is a vital part of our deacon fellowship. As deacons, our leadership is manifested through our service. Deacons must model themselves after the "Seven Principles of Servant Leadership" identified in Dr C. Gene Wilkes book, Jesus On Leadership. Together we can offer one another mutual encouragement in our faith and meet vital needs in our church and community. In addition to the desire to serve, effective ministry also requires planning, organization, and coordination of effort. Deacon involvement is encouraged in all ministry areas such as the Sunday Morning Worship Service Prayer Ministry.
Our ministries and committees are organized under each ministerial area headed by a full time staff member (See Church Staff Organization at Tab 2). An active deacon should be a member of 20 of the most critical committees as identified by an asterisk (*) in paragraph 2 below. They should actively participate in all ministry areas. It is important to note that the FBCN deacons must not be a "board of deacons" directing all church activities. But, deacons must fulfill their role as "servant leaders serving others, equipping them for team ministry". (Mark 10:45; "For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many").
It is our goal to focus initially on a few ministries that are centered on meeting needs of the community around FBCN and perform them effectively. Once this has been accomplished, expansion into new areas that meet needs will be considered. As new ministries are identified, they will be added to one of the defined Ministry Areas under a full time staff member. Ministries that meet needs are based on three areas of need: Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual. Ministries that meet community needs result in opportunities to evangelize which result in church growth. For true healing and wholeness in Christ, we must be willing to take the challenge to touch people at their point of need.
It is also important to note that it is not our purpose to duplicate existing programs but to integrate into those ministries with the church body. Where church ministries or committees already exist, deacons should endeavor to support, encourage and participate in these ministries. For example, some deacons are members of the Visitation Ministry and the Homebound Ministry.
To carry out the Great Commission that Jesus gave us in Matthew 28: 16-20, our church leadership has adopted the following model identified in Gene Mimsí book, Kingdom Principles for Church Growth. The model is called the "1-5-4 Principle".
"1" - The underlying principle for what we do will be: The Great Commission as stated in Matthew 28:16-20.
"5" - FBCN will have 5 essential functions under which all of our activities should fall.
1) Evangelism is where every organization is involved
2) Discipleship involves our mission programs, Discipleship Training, Bible Studies, Youth programs, Senior Adult activities, etc.
3) Ministry is the normal function of every believer as we serve others
4) Fellowship must be a warm, loving fellowship with good atmosphere. People will not come to an unfriendly church. Visitorís first impression must perceive us as a warm, loving fellowship.
5) Worship is the most vital function as we come to adore and worship our God.
"4" - The results of meeting the 5 essential functions are:
1) Numerical growth
2) Spiritual growth
3) Ministries expansion
4) Mission advance
The First Baptist Church committees and ministries have been placed under the 5 essential functions. An active deacon will be a member of the committee or ministry as indicated by an asterisk (*).
|Youth Committee *||Evangelism Committee *|
|Senior Adults Committee *||Childrenís Committee|
|Single Adult Committee||Long Range Building and Planning *|
|Recreation Committee||Clowning Ministry|
|Gang Rescue||Visitation (F.A.I.T.H.)|
|Crisis Pregnancy||Publicity/Broadcast Committee|
|Baptism Committee *||Stewardship Committee *|
|Nominating Committee *||Committee on Committees *|
|Benevolent Committee *||Bereavement Committee *|
|Christian Life Committee||Hospital Visitation|
|Homebound||Grief Support Group|
|Crisis Support Group||Family Life Committee|
|Media Center Committee||Parking and Security Committee *|
|Preschool Committee *||Sound and Lighting Committee|
|Transportation Committee||Insurance Committee|
|Usher Committee||Air Conditioning Committee|
|Missions Development Committee *||Property and Grounds Committee *|
|My Friends House|
|History Committee||Welcome/Greeting Committee|
|Hospitality Committee *||Personnel Committee *|
|New Member Committee *|
|Prayer Committee *||Counting Committee|
|Worship Arts Committee||Lordís Supper Committee * (Deacons)|
|Computer Committee *|
B. Deacon Specific Ministry Areas.
Sunday worship services and Bible study are the focal point in the life of the church and its members. As deacons, we should always be in prayer for the needs of the church. Sunday Prayer Ministry is led by a deacon during each Sunday morning worship service (8:00 and 10:30 AM) and includes a small group of volunteer prayer warriors. They specifically pray for 1) the worship services, 2) the worship leaders and 3) the worship participants, that God might be glorified as we worship together.
Procedures and Responsibilities. Deacon(s) and church members taking part in the Sunday Prayer Ministry are requested to earnestly pray for our church on Sunday and during the preceding week, focusing on the following:
1) Pray for our church as we come together to worship and study Godís Word during the services and Sunday School hour.
2) Pray for our worship leaders, including:
a) The Pastor
b) The Church Staff
c) The Choir and other Music Leaders
d) Lay Leaders participating in the services
3) Pray for those who have come to worship, focusing on:
a) Church Members
c) Those who need to make decisions
d) Specific prayer needs from the Wednesday night prayer list
4) Each deacon leading in the Sunday Prayer Ministry should recruit prayer warriors at least one week in advance to pray with him in the chapel. The designated deacon will meet in the pastorís office before the worship service for a review of specific prayer needs and for a time of prayer with the pastor. He will then go to the Brown Chapel to pray with the prayer warriors during the worship service. Other deacon participation in the prayer time during worship services is encouraged, but entirely voluntary.
The Deacon Calling Roster and E-Mail are used to contact each deacon when there is a serious illness, emergency, or death among the membership. These methods are also used to notify members of important events or information.
The FBCN Prayer Chain, while not deacon specific, is the method used to contact each member of the prayer chain when there is a serious illness, death or other crisis involving the church membership, or critical needs within the church. The FBCN Prayer Chain is at Tab 2.
As deacons, it is our privilege and responsibility to pray for one another, and with one another. All deaconsí meetings are opened and closed with prayer. During closing prayer time, we will often divide into pairs or small groups to pray and share with fellow deacons. You are encouraged to use this time to get to know other deacons on a more personal basis through prayer with one another.
One of the privileges of deacon ministry is that of sharing in the administration of the Lordís Supper. All deacons are encouraged to be present and prepared to share and receive the elements as described in I Cor. 11:23-34. Normally, the Lordís Supper is scheduled once each quarter during both morning worship services (8:00 and 10:30 AM).
Procedure and Responsibilities.
Participation in the Lordís Supper is a privilege that should be available to all members of the church who wish to participate. Because our homebound members are often unable to attend church services, a ministry is provided by the deacon body to administer the Lordís Supper to homebound church members at their place of residence.
Procedure and Responsibilities.
1) The prospective list of homebound members is contacted in advance to see if they want to receive the Lordís Supper. Those who want to participate are notified of the approximate date and time to expect the visit.
2) Depending on the condition of the homebound member, a follow-up phone call is recommended on the day before and/or the day of the visit.
3) Visitation packets are prepared including names, addresses, and yellow cards for reporting results of the homebound visit.
4) The packets are grouped based on the number of deacon pairs participating.
5) Materials are assembled including:
a) Portable Lordís Supper kits (for transporting the elements). Preparation of the kits is coordinated in advance with the Lordís Supper Committee.
b) Extra Bibles for the Lordís Supper service.
1) Deacons arrive at the scheduled time to determine pairings and receive, 1) the Visitation Packet and, 2) the Lordís Supper Kit.
2) Deacon pairs briefly review the order of service and determine responsibilities. (i.e. reading of scriptures, serving of elements, scripture reading, etc.)
3) Important - Have prayer as a group before departing on visit, asking God to prepare our hearts and the hearts of our homebound members.
4) Upon arrival, utilize the deacon visitation guidelines. Try to create a relaxed atmosphere of friendship and genuine concern.
5) Inquire about special needs or concerns, and then take time to listen.
6) Conduct the Lordís Supper Worship Service according the guidelines outlined below.
7) Return to the church upon completion of the visit and, 1) Record results of the visit on the yellow card and deposits in the Visitation Box and, 2) Return the Lordís Supper Kit to a designated collection point.
1) Open with Prayer.
2) Deacon #1 serves the bread to individuals present.
3) Deacon #2 reads the following scripture:
And he took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." --Luke 22:19
4) Deacon #1 motions to partake of the bread.
5) Deacon #2 serves the juice to individuals present.
6) Deacon #1 reads the following scripture:
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." --Luke 22:20
7) Deacon #2 motions to partake of the juice.
8) Close with prayer.
While Deacon Fellowship is not a formal ministry, it is mentioned here because it is extremely important that deacons care for and minister to the needs of one another. The Deacon Social Committee plans, coordinates and ensures funding (as needed for special guests) of deacon fellowships throughout the year. The best procedure for funding is that everyone should pay in advance, delivering the check/money to the church office. The committee will determine social events to be held each year from 1 Oct until 30 Sep. They will ensure that the church calendar is updated.
The following events are normally scheduled each year.
The funds received from dues collected monthly from Active deacons will be used for the following areas to promote the deacon fellowship.
The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary/Treasurer will annually review the budget policies reflected above, recommend any changes to the deacon body for their adoption, and determine the amount of monthly dues necessary to raise the required funds. The changes will be incorporated into the Deacon Information Sheet used by the Deacon Nominating Committee to brief newly nominated individuals.
As Christians, we are obliged to help those in our church who have special needs. This may include widows, shut-ins, single parents, the elderly and others who need help or support. While conducting visits, serving the Lordís Supper to the homebound or participating in other ministries, deacons may observe individuals or families with special needs. As special needs are identified, they are directed to the Minister and/or deacon ministry team responsible for that area, who will coordinate efforts to address these needs through various channels, including the church staff, the responsible church committee, other church members, or outside sources. In some cases, deacons will be called upon to organize special projects, targeting identified areas of need.
C. Training for an Effective Ministry
Training is an integral part of success in any endeavor, especially in the deacon ministry. Various types of training is available to assist the deacon in fulfilling the many tasks he will be involved in. Some of these training opportunities are:
Tab 1. Deacon Nomination Process
Tab 2. Calendar, Rosters, Committees, and Organizations
Tab 3. Church Constitution and By-Laws/Personnel Policies and Procedures Handbook
Tab 4. Ministries
Tab 5. Notes and Miscellaneous