In the New Testament, the word usually translated “serve” is the Greek word diakoneo, which literally means “through the dirt.” It refers to an attendant, a waiter, or one who ministers to another. From this word we get the English word “deacon.” We first see the word “deacon” used this way in the book of Acts. “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” (Acts 6:2). The men who were giving themselves to feeding the flock by preaching and teaching realized that it wasn’t right for them to leave those activities to wait tables, so they found some other men who were willing to serve, and put them in place to minister to the church’s physical needs while the elders or pastors ministered to their spiritual needs.
In keeping with the meaning of the word “deacon”, the primary purpose of this position will be as a servant leader in church with these specific responsibilities:
- Participate in monthly trainings
- Connect with and help assimilate new families.
- Conduct new member interviews
- Receive and respond to pastoral care requests
- Contact, check in on and follow up with assigned shut-ins
- Pray with people at the conclusion of the worship services
- Give leadership to areas of personal expertise
- Attend and advise in elders meeting as invited
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 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 (1 Timothy 3:8-12).
To be considered for the role of deacon one must have completed RockPointe’s Membership Matters class, become a covenant member, be believers baptized, maintain church unity, faithfully tithe, regularly serve at RockPointe and a consistently participate in a RockPointe small group or bible study.
Any covenant member can nominate any other covenant member. Once received, nominations will be prayerfully considered. If approved, nominees will be invited into an evaluation, training and vetting process. Upon successful completion and with elder approval nominees will be officially commissioned to assume the role and responsibilities of deacon. Nominations can be submitted by emailing email@example.com