Deacons of Faith
Acts 6: 1-7
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 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 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
1 Timothy 3: 8-15
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.
In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
Qualifications to serve as a deacon:
A deacon candidate must be a man and meet the scriptural qualifications of Acts 6:1-7 and 1 Timothy 3:8-15. Deacons shall meet a standard qualification, to include:
- Commitment to Christ and the church’s ministries.
- Evidence of responsibility in family relationship.
- Willingness to minister to the needs of the church family.
- To assist and support the pastor in promoting the spiritual welfare of the church.
- Willingness to be in regular attendance at church related functions.
- No Deacon shall be a member of a secret society or organization.
Excerpts from the Constitution of Faith Baptist Church
The deacons shall serve as a discipline counsel should the need arise. These men shall have sole authority in determining matters adversely affecting the wellbeing of the church, not limited to but including, heretical deviations from the Baptist Faith and Message, violations of the church covenant, and any other matter contrary to the Bible and/or the By-Laws of Faith Baptist Church.
Excerpts from the By-Laws of Faith Baptist Church