General Duties of Deacons
The care of the poor –
Deacons are primarily charged with the ministry of mercy, which occurs both within and without the boundaries of the local church to which they belong. The relief of congregation members is primary. Yet, when there is none (or are few) who need assistance within the church, the deacons should be employed in bringing relief to the community at large, that those outside the church may feel the power of Christian love and saving effects of the gospel. Moreover, deacons are to aid in the assistance of other churches, even those in different regions of the world as is evidenced by Paul’s collection for Jerusalem (2 Cor.8-9).
The broader support of the afflicted, sick, and weak
The deacons assist by moral support, encouragements, visits, and the like to those who are in need of such. While the elders, as shepherds of God’s flock, ought to minister the word and pray with/for such, the deacons may demonstrate their ministration of mercy by coordinating more frequent expressions of friendship, courtesy and temporal care.
These courtesies may also include transportation, facilitating fellowship for shut ins, provisions made for education of young people who may be in need of it, etc.
The care of the church’s property and finances
Building, grounds, equipment, janitorial needs, collections/accountings, community benevolence.
The recruiting of members’ involvement in works of mercy and service
The deacons seek to enlist others from the local fellowship to assist them and dutifully employ them in the above mentioned duties
Usual Diaconal Committees
As the deacons must execute their duties in a timely manner, it may require separate teams be created. The creation of committees is thus wise. The following composes an ordinary distribution of duties:
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