Biblical Reference: 1 Timothy 3:8-13, Mark 10:43, Ephesians 4:12, Acts 6:1-6. The Greek word translated deacon is diakonos, who’s more general meaning is “servant”. Most scholars believe the original meaning of diakonos was a table waiter who walked barefoot through dust to serve dining guests: dia (through) and konos (dust).
Bylaw Description of Deacon Chairman
The Deacon Chairman in most cases is elected first to the Deacon Body of the church through the church’s polity/governance according to the bylaws. To be Deacon Chairman is to be elected to that position by the Deacon Body. This term of service is annual. Re-election is possible within the service rotation based on the church bylaws. The Deacon Chairman is usually responsible to the Pastor and functions in the role of “overseer”, “shepherd” during the pastor’s absence – filling any of the roles of ministry. The Deacon Chairman is to be a leader of men who are to be models of ministry for the entire congregation.
Policy and Procedures Description for Deacon Chairman
Service Title: Deacon Chairman
Ministry Purpose: To be the leader of the Deacon Body elected by the church to serve the congregation. To uphold the biblical requirements of a Deacon found in 1Timothy 3:8-13.
Serving Relationships: The Deacon Chairman serves under the leadership of the Pastor, who is the overseer of the church; serves as leader of the Deacon Body; and ultimately, serves as a model in ministry to exhibit exemplary life styles, and to offer guidance and direction for many aspects of a church’s mission, purpose and priorities.