In Scripture deacons are described as those who are called to serve the church by meeting needs as servant-leaders. Deacons care for the needs of church members and assist in meeting physical and logistical needs in the church.
Each year Church on Bayshore opens nominations to the Church for the office of deacon. Church members are asked to prayerfully consider and nominate those from within the church body who would be candidates for this office by exemplifying the characteristics of a deacon described in the Bible and meeting the Church’s qualifications for deacon.
Church on Bayshore Deacon Qualifications: A man who has demonstrated the deacon-like characteristics found in Acts 6:1-6 and 1Timothy 3:8-12, is at least 25 years of age, a Christian for at least five years, and a Church on Bayshore member for at least one year.
Nomination forms are available online and in person at the Welcome Desk and Church Office.
Please submit Deacon nominations by September 24.
Acts 6:1-6 ESV
1Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.
1 Timothy 3:8-12 ESV
8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.