- In keeping with the principals set forth in I Timothy 3:8-13 and Acts 6:1-7, deacons will be given to serving the temporal needs of the church (so that the elders can be given to prayer and the ministry of the Word) and guarding the unity of the body. Only men may serve as deacons in accordance with I Timothy 2:12, 3:8-13, and Acts 6:1-7. These men will be received as gifts of God to the church and set apart as deacons.
- The deacons will care for the temporal needs of the church: mercy ministries, accommodations for public worship, overseeing the financial activities and properties of the church. The deacons may be organized by the elders in the most fitting way to accomplish their mission to the church. At the recommendation of the elders, the church may recognize deacons to serve in other specific capacities as needs arise in the church.
- A deacon’s term of office may be terminated by resignation, discipline, dismissal, or when the elders judge that a particular deacon’s area of ministry is no longer needed. In the absence of a needed deacon, the elders may appoint an “acting deacon.” This appointment will be subject to a congregational vote, requiring 75% for approval, at the next members’ meeting.