Deacons are simply servants.  The Greek word diakonos in the New Testament is usually translated as servant or minister.  In Acts 6:1-7 we see that the physical needs of certain people were not being met.  So, the apostles set aside 7 servants who would care for the physical needs of the church and community so that the apostles and elders could focus on prayer and the ministry of the word.  So, a deacon is not a position of power or authority in the church, but a position of service to those in the church.  Interestingly, both men and women (Romans 16:1) were recognized as deacons in the New Testament church contrary to what some church tradition holds.  Therefore, Deacons serve to glorify God and promote unity among the church by meeting the physical needs of the church.

Deacons at The Fields serve the church by organizing ministries that help us be “A Church In The World.”  They recruit and resource volunteers, plan and prepare events, work behind the scenes, help to build relationships among the church and community, plus so much more.  Not to mention, but all of these deacons served the church before they were ever recognized as a deacon.  They do all of this out of their love for Christ and desire to see others know His love.

Carlene Sloan

Administrative Deacon

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