The diaconate of Fourth Presbyterian Church is comprised of men and women who meet the biblical qualifications for this office (1 Timothy 3; Acts 6; Romans 16:1). Deacons conduct a ministry of mercy by caring for the physical wellbeing of the congregation (1 Timothy 5).
What Does a Deacon Do?
- Deacons pray. One of the most important things that the deacons do is to pray for the needs of the congregation. Deacons bring before the Lord particular prayer requests that have been shared with them. They also ask God to grant them wisdom as they carry out this work of mercy ministry within our congregation.
- Deacons help. This help comes in many forms. Sometimes all that is needed is to listen as a brother or sister shares their burdens. It may mean pointing someone to resources that can best help their situation. For example, one may need financial counseling on preparing and managing a budget.
- Deacons care. Everyone needs care at different times in life. This may involve standing beside an individual or family who has suffered the loss of a loved one or who is facing major medical diagnoses. Sometimes deacons are assigned to individuals who need long-term friendship and assistance.