Terry Reavis (chairman)
Jason Carpenter (co-chair)
Pastors and Deacons are two biblical offices within the local church. When functioning rightly, both offices fill distinct roles not independently but interdependently as ministers of God’s Word for the edification of the body of Christ through shepherding and service.
Pastors are shepherd leaders accountable to the chief-shepherd, Jesus Christ. Embodying the biblical qualifications of overseers, pastors direct membership activities, supervise the administration of resources, guard the congregation against false teaching, and care for spiritual needs within the church body (soul care) through the work of shepherding.
Deacons are servant leaders, imitating the servanthood of Jesus Christ. Embodying the biblical qualifications of deacons, they support the ministry of God’s Word as entrusted servants to answer complaints, model the faith and care for temporal and physical needs within the church body through service.
God rewards and judges pastors and deacons according to qualifications outlined in His Word. Both offices minister God’s Word among the body of believers and are, therefore, accountable to the Lord. Consequently, it is vital for those called or desirous of serving to understand, meet, and adhere to the Lord’s qualifications.
Prospect is working to mobilize Deacons as Servants of the Word to prevent the neglect of "The 4 H's."
- HOMEBOUND. Members are confined to their homes or place of care for various reasons. They are not able to gather in the Sanctuary or with a Small Group. As a result, they lack community, teaching, communication, and Communion.
- HUSBANDLESS. Members are widows in need. They do not have family able to care for them or living nearby. When in need, the church becomes that family.
- HURTING. Members have temporary or ongoing needs for service, encouragement, or special care. They may not be widows, but in like manner, find themselves with life circumstances that require help at times. Perhaps these members are hurting as they grieve over the loss of a loved one? For one reason or another, these members are hurting.
- HOSPITALIZED. Members need help tending to various needs while hospitalized. They value a ministry of presence through regular checkups, visitations, communications, and prayer.
Deacons serve to prevent complaints that arise because of neglect. They are full of faith and the Spirit and minister God's Word through service to those in need.
The following is from The Faithful Expository (Pastor Jono Sims of Shelbyville Baptist Church). A series on the need for Godly Men in the Local Church.
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