Diaconate Nomination

Rachel Cantu   -  

The office of deacon is outlined in the Scriptures as ordinary and perpetual in the Church. The
office is one of sympathy and service, after the example of the Lord Jesus; it expresses also
the communion of saints, especially in helping one another in need.

It is the duty of the deacons to minister to those in need, the sick, the friendless,
and any who may be in distress. It is their duty also to develop the grace of liberality in the
members of the church, to devise effective methods of collecting the gifts of the people, and
to distribute these gifts among the objects to which they are contributed. They shall have the
care of the property of the congregation, both real and personal, and shall keep in proper
repair the church edifice and other buildings belonging to the congregation.

The office of deacon, which is spiritual, shall be made up of men of spiritual
character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly spirit, warm sympathies, and sound
judgment (see 1 Timothy 3:8-13).

The deacons will be organized as a Board (diaconate), and the pastor will be an advisory
member. The Board will elect a chairman and a secretary from their number and a treasurer to
who will be entrusted the funds for the current expenses of the church. It will meet separately
at least once a quarter, and whenever requested by the Session.

Process for Establishing Deacons
1. Notice of Nominating Candidates for Deacons (January 14)
2. Nominate Qualified Candidates (February 11 through February 18)
3. Nominated Candidates Season of Discernment (February 11-February 25)
4. Candidates Training (February 26-April 14)
5. Election of Trained and Qualified Candidates at Congregational Meeting (May 19)
6. Installation Service for Diaconate (May 26 PM)

Rules for Nomination
1. Communicant members of the congregation may submit names to the Session of active
male member who meet the qualifications for deacon set forth in 1 Timothy 3.
2. Nominees must receive two votes from non-family members to be deemed a candidate
for the diaconate.