The Deacon body will serve in accordance with the scriptures as a support for Gospel ministry both in and through the church. Each deacon shall in every way meet the scriptural qualifications for the diaconate as set forth in Acts 6:2-3 and in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. The word “deacon” comes from the Greek word meaning “servant.” The office of deacon is a spiritual and biblical role established in the New Testament as a servant leader within the church. Deacons are described as ones who serve the church to strengthen Gospel ministry, care for those in the church and in the community, and faithfully promote a unified spirit within the church.
Responsibilities and Qualifications
The Deacons will pray for the membership, the church Staff, and themselves. Care for the physical, temporal, and spiritual needs of the individual members of the church. Tend to the physical details related to the corporate gatherings of the church (greeting, security, serving the Lord’s Supper, assisting with baptism, etc.). Administer financial and physical assistance to church members in need. Conduct ministries that meet needs and proclaim the Gospel (Acts 7 and 8). The role of Deacons is further explained and substantiated in the North Trenholm Deacon Handbook, which will be available as a separate document maintained by the diaconate and approved by the Elders.
Selection and Structure
Yearly, the Elders will receive nominations from the membership for Deacon candidates and after vetting the nominations for those who meet the requirements of an active member, the deacon body shall qualify and select candidates to be recommended to the membership for an affirmation vote. Every deacon requires a three-fourths (75%) affirmative vote by the members in the membership meeting. Each Deacon will serve for three-year terms, and considerations for reappointment to consecutive terms must come as a recommendation from both the Elder and the Deacon Body.
Please take time to read Acts 6:2-3 and in 1 Timothy 3:8-13, which describe the qualifications of a Deacon before completing the form. This nomination should be completed and submitted without informing the one being nominated.
Bill Anderson, Joey Bennett, John Brigman, Ken Burghardt, Tony Casey, Micah Chaneyworth, Jim Elkins, Brandon Flynt, Dennis Goodwin, J.D. Hiltner, Tom Jeter, Ronnie Livingston, John McLean, McGee Moody, John Norris, Tony Patrick, Mike Roush, Anthony Salvant, Mark Seay, Michael Todd, Floyd Tuckey, Cliff Ward, Eddie Zimmer