Deacon Ministry

Who are deacons?

Deacons are a group of ordained members of the Bridge Church, placed in specific areas of ministry to provide leadership and oversight within the overall guidance of the elder board.

Who can be a deacon?

  • Deacons must be active members in good standing
  • Deacons must meet the requirements listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-12: 8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.

What does a deacon do?

  • Assess the needs of their ministry area in an ongoing capacity
  • Address those needs with strategic solutions
  • Recruit, train, and coordinate a team of volunteers to meet those needs
  • Work directly with an assigned staff member or supervisor

How does The Bridge select deacons?

  1. Deacons are nominated/self-nominated by members through the nomination form
  2. Elders propose an appointee based on the nominations
  3. The proposed appointee is presented to the members
  4. Members have 21 days to submit questions, comments, or concerns
  5. A deacon is appointed after a unanimous vote by the elders

Open Deacon Positions

Benevolence Deacons

What is the Benevolence Ministry?

The Benevolence Ministry uses designated funds to meet requests for financial and material assistance. These requests come from those attending The Bridge, from partner organizations, and from people in our community. The Benevolence Team receives these requests, determines which ones qualify for support, and then fulfills qualifying requests.

Benevolence Deacons serve in their ministry area by:

  • Working with staff to develop systems for receiving and evaluating benevolence requests

  • Stewarding the benevolence fund wisely to meet qualified requests for financial assistance

  • Coordinating a team to directly purchase and distribute goods for qualifying requests

  • Fulfilling requests made through online referral platforms (i.e. CarePortal)

  • Encouraging people in applicable situations to pursue healthy financial stewardship

[Reports to Senior Pastor]

Financial Deacons

What is the Financial Ministry?

The Financial Ministry stewards the financial assets of The Bridge. The Financial Team promotes financial accountability at The Bridge by compiling the annual budget and by regularly tracking expenses relative to the annual budget. Financial Deacons also oversee The Bridge’s Sunday morning giving and ensure that the offering is processed in a responsible manner.

Financial Deacons serve in their ministry area by:

  • Working with staff to compile annual budget proposals

  • Preparing quarterly financial reports on the Bridge’s ongoing financial condition

  • Distributing monthly ministry-specific financial reports to ministry leaders

  • Communicating with ministry leaders if expenses are projected to exceed budget

  • Coordinating and scheduling a team to count Sunday morning giving

  • Writing and signing checks

  • Communicating with pledged donors in ongoing capital campaigns

[Reports to Director of Operations]

Hospitality Deacons

What is the Hospitality Ministry?

The Hospitality Ministry plays a pivotal role in ensuring that Sunday mornings are a welcoming environment for our church family and especially for visitors. Hospitality Deacons ensure that visitors are welcomed warmly, oriented well to the worship service, and provided with clear on-ramps to further engagement with the life of the church. The Hospitality Team also oversees various physical elements of the worship environment.

Hospitality Deacons serve in their ministry area by:

  • Working with the greeting team to cultivate a welcoming atmosphere

  • Working with staff in integrating Sunday morning visitors into the life of the Bridge

  • Managing volunteers in the coffee bar ministry

  • Coordinating the material elements of communion and baptism preparations

  • Overseeing Sunday morning special event set-up by decorating, serving food, etc.

  • Ensuring that Bridge cards and giving envelopes are stocked in seatbacks

[Reports to Associate Pastor]

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