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Chairman of Session - Mark Gosney
Vice Chairman of Session - Robert Seay
Secretary of Session - Shad Berry
Chairman of Deacons - David Dingeldein
Vice Chairman of Deacons - Ralph Hughes
Secretary of Deacons - Wes Banks
Nomination for Elders and Deacons takes place the first three weeks of January. Because leadership is so vital, our Lord Himself prompts and places men in areas of service within our fellowship. Our task as participants in the church family is to be alert to those whom God has led to serve.
True elders and deacons will be found already doing the work. It is our task, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to discern who those individuals may be. There is a biblical description of the kind of men we should identify. Please be informed of this criterion and use it as a template to make sure that your nominee exemplifies those qualities. Secondly, consider the role of an elder and deacon and discern which men you see contributing accordingly.
The ministry of elders consists of the ongoing spiritual nurture of individuals in addition to those of his own household. He is capable of effectively handling the Word of God either formally or informally. He has theological discernment making him capable of guarding the church from doctrinal error. He demonstrates godly wisdom giving him skills necessary to provide shepherding oversight to the ministry and aspires to do so. He shows a pattern of being someone that others will follow. Acts 20:28-31; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1Timothy 3:1; Titus 1:9; 1 Peter 5:1-4.
The ministry of deacons consists of carrying out various responsibilities that make for effective ministry. Acts 6 gives us the example of the need for attentiveness to widows. Rather than causing the men gifted to teach the Word of God to leave that role and attend to the widows, men "full of the Spirit and wisdom" were chosen to take charge of the task. Philip was effective at evangelism. Stephen was definitely a proclaimer of truth. Some of them had great organizational skills.
Deacons primarily assume roles of responsibility to attend to various practical needs and do it in such a fashion whereby others are greatly empowered in ministry. Our constitution designates their responsibilities to include but not be limited to the following:
The Board of Deacons shall have responsibility for the receipt and disbursement of all Church funds
The Board of Deacons shall also be responsible for the care and upkeep of all Church property - grounds, buildings and equipment, providing adequate insurance for all.
The Board of Deacons shall provide funds to care for the needy members of the Church and others in special cases.
His relationship to:
He must be a man of spiritual maturity.
Devout. (Titus 1:8)
Not a new Christian. (1 Tim 3:6)
He must be a man of integrity, truthful. (1 Tim 3:8)
He must be a capable handler of the Word.
Holding fast the faithful Word. (Titus 1:9)
Apt to teach. (1 Tim 3:2)
Exhorting in sound doctrine. (Titus 1:9)
Refuting those who contradict. (Titus 1:9)
He must be committed to the truth. (1 Tim 3:9)
He must be a man marked by self-control.
Self-controlled. (Titus 1:8)
Temperate. (1 Tim 3:2)
Sensible. (Titus 1:8, 1 Tim 3:2)
Not quick tempered. (Titus 1:7)
Not addicted to wine. (1 Tim 3:3, Titus 1:7)
He must not be addicted to much wine. (1 Tim 3:8)
He must be a man who manages his family well.
Manages his own household well. (1 Tim 3:4, 3:12)
Husband of one wife. (Titus 1:6, 1 Tim 3:2)
Having his children in submission, with all dignity. (1 Tim 3:4)
Having children who believe. (Titus 1:6)
Having children not accused of dissipation or rebellion.(Titus 1:6)
Husband of one wife. (1 Tim 3:12)
Managing his children well. (1 Tim 3:12)
Managing his household well. (Tim 3:12)
He must relate well to other people, i.e., he must be easy to get along with.
Not pugnacious. (1 Tim 3:3, Titus 1:7)
Uncontentious. (1 Tim 3:3)
Not self-willed. (Titus 1:7)
Hospitable. (1 Tim 3:2, Titus 1:8)
He must have a proper set of values.
Free from love of money. (1 Tim 3:3)
Not unduly fond of gain. (Titus 1:7)
A lover of the good. (Titus 1:8)
He must not be unduly fond of gain. (1 Tim 3:8)
He must be a man of good reputation in the community.
Above reproach. (1 Tim 1:6-7)
Without reproach. (1 Tim 3:2)
Respectable. (1 Tim 3:2)
Of good reputation before those outside. (1 Tim 3:7)
Above reproach. (1 Tim 3:10)
Dignified. (1 Tim 3:8)
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