Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons. Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything. Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently. For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
I Timothy 3:8-13 (HCSB)
In Acts 6, we are told that the number of believers was growing so rapidly the disciples were getting complaints that the widows were being neglected. The ministry was simply too much for the disciples to handle alone. This is when the Biblical office of deacon was established – to help get ministry accomplished.
The deacon body at Abba’s House does that very thing – ministry service. They serve communion, help with altar counseling, visit the sick, guard the unity, and do so many other things. They are a critical piece of our ministry and Biblical model of Christian service. They represent you and they serve you.
Each spring we nominate men to serve as deacons, then hold an election in the summer. Consider the scripture above as you nominate and vote for deacons.