The Deacons usually meet monthly on the first Thursday of the month. Annual Report of the Deacons Jan 2017
As announced at the annual meeting, it has been judged the appropriate time to enlarge the diaconate. Nominations are now closed. Nominees will be announced following interviews by the Elders. Training for nominees will follow and election to church office will take place in the autumn.
The Faith Presbyterian Diaconate Ministry
The Deacons of Faith Presbyterian have been selected to carry on a tradition originally described in the book of Acts within the New Testament portion of the Bible.
In that instance the early Church appointed men as “servants” of the church. The first century church spoke Greek and hence their word for servant was diákonos (διάκονος). As that word migrated into English it became the term “deacon”.
Those initial seven men named in Acts 6 were selected to care for the poor among the church and to generally assist the church in ways that allow the Ministers and Elders to attend to the Church’s worship, doctrine, and spiritual nurture. Here at Faith, our Deacons keep up the physical property of the church, assist with the preparations for worship services, and care for those in need.
The care of others has always been one of the most deeply rewarding work entrusted to Deacons and at Faith Presbyterian our Diaconate has worked for years to make it a cornerstone of its ministry as well.
Taking our direction from the scriptures, our first priority has been assisting those within our church and in particular the widows and orphans the Lord has placed among us. Even beyond our immediate church community, we have attempted to be generous with the funds entrusted to us in helping those who come to us for assistance.
In helping others, it is our desire to follow in Jesus Christ’s example of caring for others. It is also a privilege to share with those in the mist of hardships what following Jesus has meant to us.
Funding for the Deaconate’s ministry comes from gifts collected at an offering held on the first Sunday of each month in conjunction with our Church’s celebration of the Lord’s Supper and other donations specifically designated for the ministry.
If you would like to find out more about our work, contribute financially to the Diaconate’s ministry, suggest someone that we may be able to assist, or would like to be considered for assistance yourself; please feel free to contact us.
Covenant High School has been a ministry of Faith Presbyterian for more than two decades, based on the conviction that a Christian education is an important means of discipling our children in the fundamentals of our faith and instilling in them a love for Christ and the Scriptures. At Covenant, each subject is taught with the highest possible standards for excellence and with the open acknowledgement that God is Lord of this area of study as well as any other. Whether history, mathematics, science or literature, God is sovereign and working out the advancement of His kingdom on this earth using fallible people for His glory.
Other Christian schools exist in our community, founded under similar convictions, and like Covenant have served the needs of our families. The officers at Faith Presbyterian do not want the necessary tuition for Christian schooling to be an insurmountable obstacle for a member to enroll their child. While it is a hardship and sacrificial activity to support a child through Christian schooling for nearly every family, the deacons invite families who feel the amount of tuition impossible to bear to sit down with Jason Van Gilder and Micah Tamminga to request assistance with this task. Please contact the church office to set up a meeting with these men at the earliest possible convenience.
Institution of the Office of Deacon, Acts 6:1-6 (ESV)
Qualifications for Deacons, 1 Timothy 3:8-13 (ESV)
From the Presbyterian Church in America Book of Church Order, Chapter 9
9-1. The office of deacon is set forth 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 their helping one another in time of need.
9-2. It is the duty of the deacons to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to 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. In matters of special importance affecting the property of the church, they cannot take final action without the approval of the Session and consent of the congregation. In the discharge of their duties the deacons are under the supervision and authority of the Session. In a church in which it is impossible for any reason to secure deacons, the duties of the office shall devolve upon the ruling elders.
9-3. To the office of deacon, which is spiritual in nature, shall be chosen men of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly spirit, warm sympathies, and sound judgment.
Our Diaconate and Their Wives