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