Volume 67, Issue 9 September 2016

Volume 67, Issue 9 September 2016

When Pastor Steve first approached me about becoming a deacon, I thanked him for the opportunity and told him I would give it some serious thought and prayer. Following my initial meeting with Pastor Steve, I began to pray that God would give me both wisdom and courage to obey His leading as I wrestled with this important decision. It was during this time that I felt what could be best described as little reminders of God’s faithfulness. For one thing, my part-time (if you call 40-50 hours a week part-time) job became a full time career, complete with a raise, benefits and most importantly, a regular schedule. This brought to mind other times when God had proved His faithfulness, as well as one of my favorite verses from the bible, Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Here was yet another example of God’s goodness to me and confirmation that He was working on my behalf so that I could do His will. As a result, I became increasingly convinced that part of that purpose was for me to begin the process of becoming a deacon. I knew that if I was going to truly commit to this purpose, I needed to have a better understanding of what would be required. What does it mean to be a deacon and how can I be faithful in this role even as God continues to show His faithfulness to me? For answers, I turned to a deacon who I felt had clearly demonstrated what it meant to be a deacon, Dan Holderfield. At my request, Dan arranged for me to meet with Steve and him, so I could ask questions about the role of deacon. Dan began the meeting with prayer and by the end of the meeting I was convinced that God was calling me to this specific role and I agreed to begin the process of becoming a deacon. What does being a deacon mean to me? In my limited time as a deacon in training, I have found that being a deacon requires me to surrender to God’s leading in order that I may faithfully love and serve Christ and His church.

Lance Lancaster