The office of Deacon and Deaconess is described in the scriptures as one of sympathy and service. Deacons and Deaconess must be ready and able to administer to both the Pastor and congregation and take care of the needs of both. We desire to serve the Lord and His church by assuring we are in complete harmony with the leadership direction of our Pastor, the vision of the ministry, helping to meet the needs of people in our congregation and community.
The Deacon Board is responsible for facilitating the ministry of the church by maintaining the ministry campus including but not limited to the buildings and grounds, assisting with ushering, safety and security, managing the sound, video, recording studio, and other tasks that are intended to free the Pastor and the members of the ministerial team under his leadership to pursue prayer and the ministry of the word. It is the desire of the Deacons and Deaconess to encourage others in the church to use their talents and gifts to serve the Lord together with us as we volunteer and model the way for others.
As Jesus gives insight into the nature of His church using the symbol of the body in I Corinthians 12, so it is that when we join the Church we become “members” of the body of Christ and are equipped for specific functions by the Holy Spirit. God wills that the various “body parts” (members) function effectively toward the common goal of the church: making disciples of Jesus Christ.
Those that have been called to function as a deacon and/or deaconess in our congregation are men and women that have been selected based upon the Pastor's Expectations of a deacon and/or deaconess as detailed in the ministry deacon board handbook. Deacons are men and deaconesses are women. The God who calls is able to sustain those to become board members as they cooperate with Him by following His word and the leadership of our Pastor. While in many instances the work of the deacon and deaconess overlap, there are distinctions in tasks and/or duties assigned. For example, Deaconess in our ministry are not assigned to duties associated with maintaining the ministry campus grounds and buildings, heavy lifting, trash removal or tasks that would be considered repugnant to the Church of God in Christ by-laws and constitution.
Duties of the Deacon and Deaconess:
The ministry to which a person is called when he or she becomes a deacon or deaconess includes the following duties:
1. Greeting and ushering. The deacon and deaconess will serve as greeters and ushers for the services held in the church. They will also help the pastor as directed and other event leaders maintain the smooth operation of church meetings.
2. Upkeep of church property. They will take responsibility for the care and upkeep of church property, including but not limited to the oversight or actual doing of the janitorial work, repairs, grounds maintenance, interior decorating and small renovations.
3. Security and safety. They will care for the security of those in attendance at church activities, always vigilant for the comfort, safety and security of all persons. This includes opening the church building(s) before services/meetings and locking the facility at the conclusion of activities.
4. Visitation. They will join with the pastor and elders in visiting church members as requested. From time to time the deacons and/or deaconess will be assigned a certain number of members for deacons and deaconesses in teams of two or three to visit.
5. Assisting with the baptismal ceremony. The deacons and deaconesses will assist with this ceremony by the deacons preparing the baptismal pool along with overseeing the safety measures. The deaconesses will assist the missionaries with preparation of the female baptismal candidates for baptism. The deacon will assist the male candidates of the bapismal as requested or directed by the Pastor.
6. Assisting with the communion service. The deacon board shall assist with the communion service including but not limited to distributing the sacrament as directed by the pastor.
7. Caring for the congregation. The deaconesses or deacons are responsible for assisting as requested by the Pastor during a wedding, a christianing of a child, or a funeral of a member of the ministry. This is an important aspect of a caring ministry in the congregation.