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Deacons
Co-Chairs: Doris Smith and Ruth Best

THE MINISTRY OF DEACONS

The office of deacon as set for in scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ.  Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office. For a list of current deacons, please Click Here

 

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. (W-3.3616)

DUTY TO REPORT

A deacon shall report to ecclesiastical and civil legal authorities knowledge, gained in the course of service to the church, of harm, or risk of harm, related to the physical abuse, neglect, and/or sexual molestation or abuse of a minor or an adult who lacks mental capacity when (1) such information is gained through all communication; or (2) she or he reasonably believes that there is risk of future physical harm or abuse.

ORGANIZATION AS A BOARD

Deacons shall be organized as a board, of which the pastor, co-pastors, and associate pastors shall be advisory members.  The board of deacons shall elect a moderator and a secretary from among its members.  The secretary shall keep a record of the board’s proceedings.

SUPERVISED BY SESSION

As the whole church is under the jurisdiction of the session, the board of deacons shall be under its supervision and authority.  The records of the board of deacons shall be submitted to the session at least annually and at other times upon the request of the session.  The session may voice or amend any action of the board of deacons, or direct the board to reconsider such action.

 

The board shall meet regularly, or upon the call of its moderator, or when directed to meet by the session, but it shall meet at least quarterly.  The board shall determine its own quorum.  A joint meeting of the session and board of deacons shall be held at least annually to confer on matters of common interest, with the moderator of the session presiding.  No binding decisions may be reached in such joint meeting, but the session  and the board may act separately on matters committed to their care.

RELATED SERVICES

Deacons may be appointed by session to serve on committees.  The session may select and appoint other members of the congregation to assist the deacons in their ministry of compassion.