What Is a Deacon?
Deacons have been the church leaders since the earliest church was formed in Jerusalem. The following points may help you understand what and deacon is:
- “The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office.” (Book of Order, G-6.0400).
- It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord’s Supper.
- Deacons are expected to be people of faith, dedication, and good judgment who try to do their best to serve God.
What Does a Deacon Do at Niccolls?
- The Board of Deacons meets monthly, with a few exceptions over the summer months. The Deacons coordinate care for the physical needs of church and community members including:
- Hunger Relief – Food Sense, Food Pantry, Loaves and Fishes Café
- Prepare and distribute Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter Baskets
- Emergency gift cards for gas, pharmacy, and food
- Prepare and ship care packages to college students
- Visit the sick, elderly or housebound
- On a rotating schedule, the Deacon of the Month:
- Sends cards of care and compassion for many of those mentioned during prayers of the people
- Responds to emergencies within the congregation and community as they arise – in partnership of course with all of the other deacons and the pastor.