RFC: Questions and Answers – Deacons

I’ve been quiet. I’ve been busy. I wish I had more time to blog because there’s so much to talk about. Anyhow, such is life.

We’ve been going through 1 Timothy at Crystal Park Baptist Church this year. 16 sermons in and we’re going to be starting chapter 4 this week. So a few Sundays back we broached the question of deacons: Who are they and what do they do? The Questions and Answers below is a summary of our thinking. Take a look, feel free to comment. Below is an extract of our church constitution relevant to the deaconate.


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15.1 The Church may, from its membership, elect deacons who, at the time of election, will be:

15.1.1 over 21 years of age;

15.1.2 in membership not less than 6 months

15.2 The number of Deacons shall not be less than 2 and the number of deacons other than Secretary and Treasurer not be more than 4.

15.3 A Deacon shall hold office for two consecutive years and shall be eligible for nomination for a further two year consecutive period, but thereafter will only be eligible for nomination after a period of one year has elapsed.

15.4 Nomination for the office of Deacon shall be submitted in writing to the Church Secretary duly signed by the nominee, proposer and seconder not later than eight days prior to the meeting when the election shall take place.

15.5 The names of all nominees shall be made known at all services on the Sunday prior to the date of the meeting at which the election shall take place. This shall be done by announcement and by the posting of the names on the Church Notice-board.

15.6 In the event of a vacancy occurring in the office of Deacon such vacancy may be filled in the aforesaid manner at a General Meeting, but only for the unexpired period of the previous incumbent’s term of office.

15.7 Voting shall be by ballot.

15.8 Only nominees receiving more than two-thirds of the votes of members present shall be elected to fill the vacancies.

15.9 There shall not be an office of life-time Deacon.

Olievenhoutbosch outreach: Leadership Void (Part 5)

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In Olieven, Bible studies, Jesus Film showings and other outreaches are marked by a glaring absence of committed men.

In Titus Paul stresses the importance of appointing elders as protectors, feeders and leaders of the flock. He reserves this office for men. Therein lies a problem for this church plant. Biblically qualified male leadership is in short supply.

A spiral of social degradation has robbed the church of a generation of suitable male shepherds. If autonomy requires a plurality of elders then training followed by time is going to be needed.

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