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"If any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do" (1 Tim 3:1)
Deacon Staff of FCBC-FV
Thomas Yee, Daniel Lim, Percy Cheng, Vincent Kong, Ivan Chiang, Philip Huang
The Ten "Must" for A Deacon Candidate in FCBC-FV Church (1998)
(REF: 1 Tim 3:1-10; Titus 1:5-9)
Must have the desire to serve the Lord as a deacon and the willingness to honor the authority due to one another.
Must pursue the requirements set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-10.
Must study the Bible and pray everyday and give tithe cheerfully and regularly.
Must be married and the wife must be willing to assist her husband as a deacon to the best of her ability.
Must be able to teach Sunday School.
Must be willing to serve the Lord in any capacity, especially in visitation.
Must attend all the basic meetings, such as worship services, Sunday School, prayer meeting, fellowship meeting, officers' meetings, and business meetings, and support all church organizations and projects.
Must participate in training opportunities and the training of others through Church Training Program or other programs.
Must set a good example before the younger Christians. Never argue with them or get angry with them without a training purpose.
Must work with the pastors.
The Deacon's Responsibility (Dr. Murphy Lum 6/4/1997)
To lead the church - by word and by example.
To teach/ preach the Word.
To protect the church from false teachers/ teaching.
To exhort and admonish in sound doctrine.
To visit and pray for the sick.
To judge doctrinal issues.
To carry and support the weak.
The Selection and Examination of the Deacon (Dr. Murphy Lum 6/4/1997)
Deacons are selected as candidates until such time they are ordained. The length of time between candidacy and ordination varies.
The actual selection of deacons is done by the congregation and the existing deacons. It is not one or the other but both. Earlier revelation seems to indicate the congregation elected the deacon (Acts 6:3). But later revelation clearly indicates there is an appointment (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5-6, 8-9). In this author's opinion, the deacons and the congregation are working so close together that the appointments reflect the congregation's contribution, and the confidence the congregation has in the board of deacons is so good that they feel comfortable with each other.
It is essential that both the deacons and the congregation pray over this matter.
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