When the church first began, they quickly ran into a challenge – there was too much ministry and too few apostles! The apostles couldn’t devote their time to prayer and preaching AND do everything else that needed doing. And so, the Spirit of God led them to create the office of deacon.
The word deacon simply means servant. Here were the apostles’ instructions: Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them (Acts 6:3, NIV). Later, Paul would add to their qualifications: Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-10, NIV).
We also know from the Scriptures that women served in this role, too.
New Life Church has some amazing deacons that serve you week in/week out. I know you (as well as the pastoral staff) greatly appreciate their ministry. But the time has come to add to their number. The amount of ministry needed is growing!
This week in church, we will begin the process of filling the deacon ranks. We’re asking each adult member to pray about someone to nominate for this important office. Here’s what the Bible tells us to look for:
- A Spirit-filled servant – this could be a woman or man…they don’t just do manual labor…they recruit, they administrate, they pray and minister
- Mature believer, who has practical wisdom and a solid faith (in this job it might be tested!)
- Someone with sincerity of heart and a good reputation in the church
- Someone who’s witness outside the church equals their good reputation in the church
- And someone who loves New Life Church and the pastors
Nominations are for church members only…but everyone is welcome!
If someone you know fits the bill of this vital role, pray about nominating them this Sunday. The nominations are private, between you and the pastors.