Deacon Ministry (1536 × 864 px)

A DEACON AT LA CAŇADA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

The Deacon Ministry at LCPC is one of caring spiritually, physically and emotionally for the congregational family.  Deacons serve as the heart and hands of Jesus in the community of faith so that members of the community experience the reality of the Kingdom of God in human terms.  This ministry is one of the sources which strengthens the faith of members by coming alongside them in times of crisis, leading them to sources of healing and helping them find ways to connect within the community of faith.  This mission to serve can be summarized by the words CONTACT, CARE and CONNECT.

The Deacons also find joy in serving during times fellowship, worship and celebration, whether it be serving refreshments and welcoming worshippers on Sunday or standing with families at a baptism.

It is difficult to measure the impact the Deacon Ministry has had in the lives of congregants at LCPC over the last 75 years.  A phone call, visit, note, or financial assistance during a time of need may ease a person’s day or may have profound effects on the individual and their family.

The Deacon Ministry will continue its mission to CONTACT, CARE and CONNECT with the faith community at LCPC and will continue to be the heart and hands of Jesus so that God can work in the lives of people who are served.

 

As Jesus was among his disciples as one who serves (Luke 22:27), so Deacons are among the congregation as ones who serve. Deacons serve as the heart and hands of Jesus in the community of faith. The Deacon Ministry is one of caring spiritually, physically and emotionally for the congregational family.

The Book of Order says the first duty of a Deacon is “to minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress.” This is a ministry which gives our most valuable resources in today’s context: time.

Deacons give their time so that members of the community of faith experience the reality of the Kingdom of God in human terms. The Deacon must always remember that they cannot – and that it is not their task to – solve every problem or meet every need they encounter. Our resources are too limited. But it is the Deacon’s ministry to see that, in each house of their flock, they have in some way brought the Kingdom of God near to that house (Luke 10:9).

FROM THE PCUSA BOOK OF ORDER

G-2.02DEACONS: THE MINISTRY OF COMPASSION AND SERVICE

G-2.0201 Deacon Defined

The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress.
Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.

G-2.0202 Under Authority of the Session

Deacons may be individually commissioned or organized as a board of deacons. In either case, their ministry is under the supervision and authority of the session. Deacons may also be given special assignments in the congregation, such as caring for members in need, handling educational tasks, cultivating liberality in giving, collecting and disbursing monies to specific persons or causes, or overseeing the buildings and property of the congregation. Deacons shall assume other duties as may be delegated to them by the session, including assisting with the Lord’s Supper. (W-3.0414). A congregation by a majority vote may choose not to utilize the ordered ministry of deacons. If the congregation has neither a board of deacons nor individually commissioned deacons, the function of this ordered ministry shall be the responsibility of the ruling elders and the session.