Biblically, deacons are leading servants. The church needs deacons to provide logistical and material support so that the elders can focus on shepherding responsibilities, including the Word of God and prayer (Acts 6:1-7). Even though deacons are not the congregation’s spiritual leaders, their growth in godliness and character is essential. A deacon will be entrusted to mobilize and organize the church for the duties under his oversight.
Crosspoint’s deacons are task-specific and committee-free. Deacons work in areas where they have interest and expertise to help the church remain in good order. They report to the elders and will be entrusted to form and lead teams of volunteers who love serving Christ’s church together. Our current deacons are Jim Roberson (Ordinances), Art Sandy (Mercy Ministry), and Adam Hunter (Churchwide Events).
The elders would like for the congregation to prayerfully consider additional men who could be evaluated to help provide leading service in some of the following areas. Each of these areas won’t necessarily be appointed a deacon, but only the areas where the Lord raises up a Scripturally qualified leader. Some potential areas include:
Finance (supports financial stewardship of church through coordinating sound financial controls and legal compliance)
Ordinances (coordinate the administration of baptism and the Lord’s Supper)
Grounds (coordinate maintenance & improvements of the grounds around the building)
Facility (coordinate improvement projects and assist with maintenance of the interior of the building)
Orphan Care (support for families in adoptive & foster care; coordinate evangelistic efforts and acts of mercy to orphans)
Widows and Shut-ins (monitor, serve, and coordinate efforts to provide care and service)
Persons with disabilities (coordinate efforts to meet needs and serve individuals and families affected with disabilities; coordinate evangelistic efforts to families with disabled persons)
Hospitalizations (coordinate care for church members and prospects enduring hospitalizations)
Bookstore (coordinate the maintenance and staffing of the church’s bookstore)
Kitchen (coordinate the maintenance, cleanliness, and usage of the kitchen)
Deaf Ministry (coordinate interpreting of worship services and outreach to the deaf community)
EQUIP (support teaching ministry of EQUIP by coordinating logistics and service needs)
Greeters/Ushering/Connect/Parking/Café/Safety Team – (help Crosspoint maintain a culture of hospitality and service in our Sunday morning gathering by coordinating some aspect of our Connect ministry)
Missionary Care (coordinate care for missions partners)
Deacon task positions can be ended and new ones begun as the elders deem necessary.
SCRIPTURE GIVES QUALIFICATIONS IN 1 TIMOTHY 3:8-13
8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. (cf. Acts 6:1-7)
THE CONSTITUTION SAYS OF THE QUALIFICATIONS:
The church shall recognize, in accordance with the constitutional provisions on elections, men who are giving of themselves in service to the church, who possess gifts of ministry, who are called to further service and care for the church’s members, and meet the qualifications of a deacon as described in 1 Tim. 3:8-13. The number of deacons shall be determined by the needs of the ministry and the call and qualifications of men in the church.
THE CONSTITUTION SAYS OF THE DUTIES:
Deacons shall assist the elders (pastors) in any service that shall support and promote the ministry of the Word, new and existing ministries of the church, and the care of the members of the congregation. The deacons may be organized in the most fitting way to accomplish the mission of the church. Deacons shall serve three-year terms and are subject to elder evaluation at the end of each term with congregational input. There is no limit placed on the number of consecutive terms deacons may serve.
Candidates recommended to the office of deacon will be examined by the elders to determine: (1) his personal knowledge and comprehension of the Word of God; (2) his personal philosophy concerning the purpose of the local church and his understanding of his responsibilities as a Christian and as an officer of the church; (3) his agreement with the constitution of this church including the doctrinal statement; (4) his ability and willingness to serve actively as a deacon and to faithfully attend and support the services and programs of the church.
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