diaconate affirmations 2018
Remember: Deacons/deaconesses should be known to be “full of the Spirit and of wisdom.” While they might be concerned with the physical things of the church, it is spiritual-minded wisdom that will enable them to oversee and use both resources and opportunities in ways that serve the unity of our church, which is a part of the body of Christ. Deacons/deaconesses should possess the congregation’s confidence, and willingly and diligently take on the responsibilities of their particular ministry’s needs, starting with relationships – using their gifts for the building up of others in love and in faith (Eph.4:16and Rom.1:11-12). They should be humble, teachable and flexible as peacemakers, encouragers, and servants who work to cultivate hearts of service in other brothers and sisters. In order to do this, they must make the effort to get to know the whole body so that they can work to coordinate others in advancing the ministry of the church as a whole. Each should use whatever gifts he or she has received to serve others administering “God’s varied grace” (see 1 Pet.4:10), and not jar the church by unhappy or contentious actions and attitudes (see Phil.4:2 and 1 Cor.1:10).
Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
1 Timothy 3:8-13
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives (or deaconesses) likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 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.