Role of a Deacon
The biblical qualifications for the deacon are found in 1st Timothy 3:8-13 and in Acts 6:3. These qualifications are set against the qualifications of the pastor which are listed in 1st Timothy 3:1-7. The similarities between the qualifications of pastors and deacons underscore the tremendous responsibility deacons have for service. Deacons, as with other leaders of the church, are held to a strict accountability by God and should also be by the church. New Testament Deacons serve the Lord by conducting the caring ministry of the church-doing the benevolence work, visiting the sick, being alert to the spiritual needs of the congregation-for the purposes of freeing the pastoral staff to focus on prayer and the ministry of the Word, promoting unity within the church, and facilitating the spread of the gospel.
- A deacon must have a good reputation. The phrase “of good reputation” is synonymous with the word “reverent.” To be “reverent” is to be “honorable” and “devout.” A deacon’s reputation should be seen in his home and in his work outside the church.
- A deacon must be a man of his word. A deacon is a man who can be trusted. He must not say one thing and do another. This qualification is one of trust.
- A deacon must try to live above reproach. Realizing our sinful nature is present in all we do, we believe a Deacon must strive to live a life that does not call into question his integrity and growing relationship with God. There are many things of this world that have the appearance of evil, if we as men of God participate in, could cause a Brother to become confused and stumble.
- A deacon must be a generous giver to his church. This is to say that a deacon should tithe. The Bible says that, “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” If you do not give to the service of the church, your heart will not be there to serve.
- A deacon must have a good grip on God’s word. This means that a deacon should be a student of God’s word. When a deacon knows God’s word then he will do God’s word.
- A deacon must be proven. A man is not ordained as a deacon in order to acquire these qualifications. He is ordained because he already has them. A man who is nominated as a deacon should have already been shown to be faithful in his service, church attendance, tithing, witnessing, prayer, and Bible study.
- A deacon should be blameless. Again this does not mean sinless but means that there is nothing someone can accuse him of, and that he lives with a clean conscience.
- A deacon must be a good father. This does not mean that a deacon’s children are to be blameless or perfect, but they have been taught and nurtured in the scriptures, guided safely, and disciplined appropriately.
- A deacon must be the spiritual leader of his home. It is in the home that a deacon develops his spiritual leadership by setting the proper example, showing love to his wife and children, resolving conflict, and serving humbly, as well teaching the scripture.
Council of the Deacons:
D.Gabriel Jean Loubert,D. Archille Roland, D.Colas Jeanette, D. Etienne Lherson, D. Gastonac Morette, D. Mirnotte Germain, D. Marie Claire Gilles, D. Frantz Guerrier, D. Lucienne Israel, D. Jacqueline Jeudy, D. Sauveur Lamonier, D. Lucmond Mareus, D. Marie Lina Petit Compere, D. Robert Petit Compere, D. Dimcay Pierre, D. Damane Pierre Louis, D. Nicole Pierre Louis, D. Jean Tanis, D. Jean Robert Verna, D. Emilie Vincent, D. Lamure Levy, D. Nadège Gaston.