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August Pastor’s Notes

As summer vacations begin to wind down and the school year begins to wind up, it is time for us to once again turn our prayers to whom God desires to be our next Deacons.  There are new members and guests since our last Election, so I thought it would be helpful to review our process and seek God’s guidance in this very important endeavor.

As we saw in our recent sermon series, we have a very biblical and God-honoring Leadership Structure here at Grace.  At its founding, we decided to combine the roles of Elder and Deacon into one office, that of Deacon.  Each Deacon serves a 4 year term on the Leadership Team with the Pastor.  This year, Lee Bryant finishes his term and rolls off of our Leadership Team. 

Our Bylaws divide the Deacon Election process into 3 phases: 

  • The Nomination Phase runs through the entire month of August and it allows members to prayerfully discern whom they believe God is calling into this important leadership position. A Deacon nominee must be at least 18 years old, have been a member of Grace for at least one (1) year, and meet the following standards: 
    • A Deacon must live above reproach, meeting the biblical standards as laid out in

    1 Timothy 3:1-13 & Titus 1:5-9.

    • A Deacon must be committed to some level of ongoing service within the church.
    • A Deacon must be a regular attendee of weekly church services.
    • A Deacon must be regularly involved in an ongoing church sponsored study of the Bible.

     

    • The Qualification Phase begins in September. It allows each interested nominee to meet with the Pastor and Chairman of Deacons to discuss the Biblical Qualifications and the Practical Responsibilities of a Deacon at Grace Baptist, as well as the Basic Biblical Doctrines of our church.

     

    • The Voting Phase begins by distributing a secret ballot of all qualified nominees to every member of Grace Baptist Church. There will be a 3 week time period for all ballots to be returned to the church, at which time they will be tabulated and the results reported to the church.

     

    I encourage everyone to read your Bibles and prayerfully discern whom God is calling to lead our wonderful family here at Grace.

    God bless!

Pastor Mark



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