Volume 67, Issue 6 June 2016

Volume 67, Issue 6 June 2016

What It Means To Be A Deacon . . .

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I recently heard someone ask the question “what does a deacon do? At various times since my ordination as a deacon by Winstanley, November 7, 1982, I wondered that myself. My Certificate of Ordination reads, David Thorn, having been chosen one “of good report, full of the Spirit and of wisdom” and capable of using the office well, was set apart publicly to the office and work of Deacon. Two statements stand out. 1) Capable of using the office well and 2) work of Deacon. Deacons are supposed to do something! It is an honor to be a deacon, but it’s not an honorary position. I feel one of the most important things deacons are to do is preserve the harmony of the church. That’s why the early church chose deacons, to settle a dispute over the distribution of food (the early church was obviously Baptist). Over the years it has been my privilege to serve with and observe some wonderful “peace-maker” deacons. This is not all deacons do, however space is limited. Let me close by saying it is a great privilege and honor to serve Winstanley Baptist Church as a deacon. I know my fellow deacons feel the same way. I have seen them in action.

David Thorn