THE OFFICE OF A DEACON
What is a deacon?
The deacon is
one of the ordinary and perpetual officers in the church set
forth in the New Testament (I Tim. 3:1). The office is one of
sympathy and service after the example of the Lord Jesus. A
deacon is an ordained person who performs particular functions in
relation to the various needs of the people of God.
It is the duty of the deacons to minister to
those in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may
be in distress. They must be willing to assume, in addition, such
other duties as may be delegated to them by the Session
concerning the evangelistic, missionary, stewardship, fellowship,
and educational life of the church.
Those elected as deacons must be willing to
attend the regular monthly meetings of the Board and faithfully
What does a deacon do?
Chapter VI in
the Form of Government in the Constitution of the Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.) lays out in very complete fashion the task to
which the deacons are called. In summary, it may be said that 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.”
the ministering/healing arm of our church in its relationship
with our congregation and the world.
How is it done?
The Board of
Deacons meets in regularly stated monthly meetings and those
additional times when special meetings are called. The meetings
are usually well-ordered and last an hour.
to the meetings, each member will be assigned various duties
throughout the year, such as:
Calling on shut-ins and persons in
extended care facilities
Enlisting greeters for Sunday
mornings several times a year
Delivering flowers occasionally
Calling on prospective members
Transporting disabled members to
In general, deacons are assistants to the
pastor in ministering to the members of our church and our