God, in His infinite wisdom, determined that local churches
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God, in His infinite wisdom, determined that local churches

Acts 14:23. ; . Acts 20:17ff,32. .. These men must meet specified qualifications that demonstrate their abilities to serve in this capacity, . 1Tim.3:1-7. ; . Titus 1:5-9. .. However. , their primary role is that of .

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God, in His infinite wisdom, determined that local churches should be guided and directed in His Word through Elders (aka Bishops, Pastors, Shepherds, Overseers), Acts 14:23; Acts 20:17ff,32.

These men must meet specified qualifications that demonstrate their abilities to serve in this capacity,



Titus 1:5-9



, their primary role is that of






These things highlight a need for special workers within the church.

God has arranged for these


needs of the church also…

and He calls them



e won’t spend a lot of time on these things, but do need to take a quick look at some of them.


What do Deacons do?

They serve, Acts 6:1-2Deacon is translated from the Greek word diakonos- a servant.In this particular case, they were serving food to the needy of the congregation. But, They also have charge, Acts 6:3-4Kathistemi means to appoint to administer an office; to set one over a thing (to have charge of it).These men were put in charge of a physically-oriented task to: 1) meet a need of the congregation; and, 2) enable others (in this case, the apostles) to be wholly devoted to more spiritually-oriented duties.


Who can be a Deacon?

Those meeting specified qualifications, Acts 6:3of good reputation (morally upright)full of the Spirit (spiritually sound)and wisdom (able to correctly apply knowledge and understanding) and,Capable of being in charge of a task (competent to accomplish specific duty). Additional qualifications were later given by inspiration, 1Tim.3:8-12v.8, Men of dignity (serious, grave, one that inspires respect), not double-tongued (inconsistent speech), not addicted/given to much wine (not a drunkard; work demands clarity of mind and strength of body), not fond of sordid gain (greedy of undue or excessive gain);


Who can be a Deacon?Those meeting specified qualifications, Acts 6:3 and 1Tim.3:8-12:

1Tim.3:8-12 (continued)v.9, Men who hold to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience (cling to the word and consistently and conscientiously live it), v.10 also tested and beyond reproach (also, cf. v.6, testing is done by comparison to qualifications, and beyond reproach is not sinless perfection but nothing current for which he can be called into account, cf. v.2 and 5:7), v.12 husband of one wife (not a bigamist or polygamist) of the quality described in v.11 (dignified, not malicious gossip, temperate, faithful in all things- which shows wisdom and leadership on his part, cf. vv.4-5)


How is one chosen as a Deacon?

While 1Tim.3:8-12 does not specify a particular method, Acts 6:1-6 does provide some helpful guidelines:v.3, select from among you The Apostles, though certainly capable of doing so themselves, charged the congregation to select their own Deacons. Note the potentially volatile situation, v.1. The men chosen were to be local, not imported or outsiders. Such was necessitated also by the discretionary nature of the qualifications. The logical assumption is that the Apostles would have intervened if the congregation failed to follow the instructions given them, cf. vv.5-6.


What has all of this to do with Southside?

Our Elders here see the potential for, are planning for, and are anticipating the growth of this congregation;And therefore see a need for and benefit of additional Deacons to serve the congregation.We also believe there are qualified men who can be added to the Deacons who are currently serving us. So, we ask you today to begin the process of “select(ing) from among you” men whom we may “put in charge” as Deacons for the congregation here at Southside.


How will we do this?

There is a list of all the male members of the congregation (excluding those currently serving as Elders or Deacons) on the large credenza in the foyer.Each man is asked to:Find his name on the list;Put a check mark beside his name either under the column “Interested in Serving” or “Not Interested in Serving” (based on his assessment of his qualifications, desire, and ability);Put his initials beside his name in the far right column so that we know he has designated his desire in this matter.That is all for now.


How will we do this?

When all the names have been initialed, we will compile a new list showing only those men who consider themselves to be qualified, and feel they have the desire and ability to serve the congregation in this capacity.Then, the new list will be published to the congregation; and all members will have the opportunity to discuss the qualifications with these men individually and privately.


How will we do this?

If a man becomes convinced that he is not qualified, he can remove his name from further consideration.If he is able to assure an objector that he is in fact qualified, the process will continue.The Elders will not listen to any objections regarding a candidate unless the member has personally spoken to the candidate about his/her concerns and has been unable to reach a resolution with him.


How will we do this?

When ample, but not unlimited, time has been given for the resolution of any and all concerns about the qualifications, the men whose names remain on the list will be appointed and begin serving with our current Deacons.This process is deemed by the Elders to be fair and open, and to encourage participation by the congregation as a whole in selecting those who will serve it. As Elders, we will only intervene to decide unresolved questions concerning qualifications, or to safeguard the selection process to be sure that biblical standards are followed.



This is an exciting time for Southside, and the current Elders and Deacons look forward to continuing our work for the Lord together with you in productive ways!Thank you for all that you do to serve the Lord and your brethren here at Southside.