"Deacons, as the New Testament teadches and as some of the 16th century reformers discovered, are to be involved in a compassionate ministry of caring for the poor and needy. The deaons' ministry, therefore, is one that no Christ-centered, New Testament church can ever afford to neglect.Christians today must understand the absolute necessity for and vital importance of NT decons to the local church so that the needy, poor and suffering of our churces are cared for in a thoroughly Christian manner. This is a matter dear to the heart of God."~ Alexander Strauch
The overall aspiration for our Deacon Team:
is for the grace of God to function in our local congregation so that, "there was not a needy person among them." (Acts 4:34)
The purpose of the Deacon Team:
will be to help facilitate the expressions of mercy to meet the material needs for people, giving priority to the members of Sovereign Grace Church.
The Deacons serve under the Elders of SGC and the Elders give authority to the Deacons to:
1. Form and implement policies and procedures
2. Manage and distribute the SGC Benevoluence Fund
3. Oversee and determine policy and procedures for the Food Pantry
4. Coordinate visitation to the sick, shut-in, or those in the hospital or care facility.
There are numerous pasages in the NT that use the Greek term diakonos and its cognates. The word "deacon" simply means "servant" or "minister." In one sense, all God's people are called as ministers or deacons. However, there seems to be an official role for some to share that is designated with the title of "deacon."
The Role of the Deacon:
Deacons are called to facilitate the ministry of the church. They exercise delegated responsibility as designated by the pastors. This ensures there are no un-served people and no unmet needs in the church. This also ensures the pastors are able to govern the church and devote themselves to the ministry of the Word and prayer. (Acts 6:2-4)
The character requirements in 1 Tim 3 indicate the spiritual maturity the role demands and underline its significance for the life of the church. Deacons are not required to be able to teach, nor are they given the responsibility of church governance; those roles fall to the elders / pastors. However, deacons can greatly bolster and support the role of the pastors and the health of the congregation. They can do this by assuming responsibility for the care of the congregation in many areas in order to free the pastors to better lead in the ministry of the Word and prayer. Additionally, their involvement can help provide additional communication pathways with the congregation vital to a healthy, thriving church.
Introducing our Deacon Team:
Contact the Deacon Team:
If you or someone you know would like to submit a request for the Deacon Team, please click on the links below, it will take you to the appropriate form: