Our Ministry as Deacons
Discussing our ministry
Obviously in a leadership position with pastor Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
Basically the same requirements as the bishop I Timothy 3:8-13
The first mention of deacons was as church problem solvers Acts 6:1-6
The deacon was appointed to serve the church in any area of need that might arise.
The deacon was called to a supportive role in the spiritual ministry of the church.
The effectiveness of the deacon’s service was determined by the measure of his commitments and faithfulness.
The deacon was expected to serve the church by the example of his character as well as by his deeds.
Ideas on how to effectively solve problems
Seek God’s will through the Scripture and prayer, and discussing with other godly men
Be objective, don't let this be a personality thing
Take everyone seriously, they are all equal in the body of Christ
Keep your perspective on the problem, keep it small, don't exaggerate it
Serve in the power of the Holy Spirit
Deacons will probably grow in grace through conflict, problems, things that drive them to their knees and the Word
We can’t be angry and defensive but rather willing to listen and learn even from those that would confront us
We can’t use the power that we have from our position
We have to be willing to admit we are wrong
We have to be forgivers and teach others to forgive
There are things in the qualifications that we always want to be working on
Keeping a good testimony in front of all
Growing and strengthening our family, leading our wife lovingly
Good communication with our wives
Not put ourselves in compromising situations
Be in the Word and prayer as we lead our families
Not be lazy in our ministry, our lives so that temptation finds a way in
Be accountable to others especially if we are dealing with a problem or temptation
Work on sharing truth, discipleship, teaching others
Prepare others to follow us in every ministry so that our church is constantly growing and growing younger
Servant questions that all in leadership need to prepare for
Can I place God’s work above my own?
Can I put truth above personal popularity?
Can I accept accusations without demanding personal justification?
Can I absorb criticism without passing it on to others?
Can I hear gossip and not speak it to others?
Can I stand up for right although it puts me in the minority?
Can I express my belief and position with humility
Our wives and children are as much part of this as we are
Common causes for church conflict
Disagreements over values and beliefs
Structure is unclear
The pastor’s role and responsibility
Pastor’s leadership style
Not having good communication
Conflict between church people
vii.Finances and giving