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

Congregational Care Deacons

What is the Congregational Care Ministry?

The Congregational Care Ministry tracks and responds appropriately to substantial life events such as illnesses, deaths, pregnancies, births, adoptions, weddings, graduations, milestone anniversaries/birthdays, etc. Congregational Care Deacons coordinate the church's response to these life events through visitations, prayer, meals, cards, etc. The Congregational Care Team also assists staff in preparing for special ceremonies such as funerals and weddings.

Congregational Care Deacons serve in their ministry area by:

  • Working with Staff to anticipate scheduled/foreseeable life events

  • Working with the Elder Team to identify unscheduled/unforeseen life events

  • Developing a plan of response to these life events

  • Delegating duties to the Congregational Care Team

  • Assisting Staff in preparations for special events

[Reports to the Associate Pastor]

Outreach Deacons

What is the Outreach Ministry?

The Outreach Ministry servings to oversee the Bridge's engagement and witness in the surrounding community. Outreach Deacons work closely with staff in the regular operations of the Bridge's ongoing initiatives and partnerships. The Outreach Team also assists staff in evaluating new proposals for further engagement.

Outreach Deacons serve in their ministry area by:

  • Assisting Staff in maintaining various community partnerships

  • Assisting Staff in fulfilling partnership with local public schools

  • Assisting Staff in developing a plan for expanding neighborhood presence

[Reports to the Associate Pastor]

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