A Ministry of Service

The Greek word diakonos means “servant”.  In one sense all church members are (or should be) “deacons,” in that we serve in the pattern of the Lord Jesus, who “did not come to be served, but to serve (diakone) and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  (Mark 10:45)

In the early church, however, the general term began to be used in a more specific way, to designate an official position of practical care-giver in the local churches.  The word, in those cases, is translated “deacon”.  The beginning of this office may be seen in Acts 6, where seven men are assigned the responsibility to oversee the fair distribution of food for the church’s widows.  This was a serving (diakone) position (Acts 6:2).

The main passage relating to the office of deacons is 1 Timothy 3:8-13…

Service Areas

  • Benevolence
  • Building Maintenance
  • Capital Improvements
  • Communications
  • Contracts
  • Grounds
  • Helps
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Networking

“Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.”

The ministry of deacon at BCF is a vital role of service: showing mercy and ministering to the needs of the local church body, and providing practical help wherever needed to enable church ministry to advance (Acts 6:2, 4).  The general sphere of this ministry will include 1) helping to meet benevolent needs both within the fellowship and wider community, and 2) the care and maintenance of our physical property and grounds.

We are so thankful for the ministry of this team, contributing so much to the life of BCF!