So, we’ve gone ‘old school’ over this past year and launched a ‘Deacon Team’ (note: not a Deacon Board). My role as executive pastor has blessed me with oversight of this team, and I’m NOT being sarcastic. Theses guys are amazing servants, faithful, and hard working. I’ve had two meetings so far, and we’re kind of building from the ground up in some areas – back to the basics. I wrote down some thoughts & sent them off to the team, and just thought that I’d share them here as well to see what you thought.
- We are the servant leaders of the church, we do a lot of the ‘work’ of the ministry (Biblically from Acts)
- We need to focus on building & leading teams of people, rather than just ‘getting things done’
- We need a variety of gifts on each team. Visionaries, Administrative, Workers, Prayer Warriors, Shepherds, Encouragers, etc. (Keep your HEADS UP looking for these people!)
- We need to serve out of the OVERFLOW of our heart, and our hearts need to be full of the JOY of the LORD – we need to spend time filling up ourselves, or being filled – however you do it.
- We will be introducing the Deaconess Team in January
And our Deacon homework for this month:
- Look at yourself and see what kind of leader YOU are (Know Thyself)
- Make a list of the people YOU NEED on YOUR TEAM to take it to the next level (where are you NOT gifted?)
- Begin visionizing about what your team needs to look like, what are missing? where are we not hitting it?
- Begin visionizing what your area of ministry needs to look like – what needs to be dropped? what needs to be added?
- Begin strategizing HOW you will build your team (regular meetings? relational time? scheduling? expectations?)
So those were my thoughts for our Deacon Team.
Does your church have Deacons & Deaconess’? How do you utilize that ‘office’ to do the heavy lifting in your churches?