For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in faith which is in Christ Jesus – 1 Timothy 3:13
While there is no detailed job description for deacons in the New Testament, the occasions where reference is made to deacons along with the descriptions of deacons in the early church is enlightening (see Acts 6 and 1 Timothy 3).
The word “deacon” comes from the Greek work ‘diakonos’ which can be translated deacon or minister. It conveys a sense of busyness in do service. Thus, New Testament Deacons served the Lord by conducting the caring ministry of the church – doing benevolence work, visiting the sick and being alert to the spiritual needs of the congregation. The purpose of their office was free the pastoral staff to focus on prayer and the ministry of the Word, promoting unity within the church, and facilitating the spread of the gospel (Acts 6:1-4).
The Deacon’s Board at EBC: The MEETing Place are keen about helping to advance the vision of our Overseer, Lennett J. Anderson. They are men and women who believe in the vision of our church and who are committed to seeing it lived out in all that we do at Emmanuel. Furthermore, we believe the gifts and leadership abilities of our deacons are integral to uniting the Body of Christ and helping us to truly make Emmanuel the meeting place. As such, deacons are key leaders in our felloship.