First Baptist Church, Union MO
Monday, October 23, 2017
Where Christ is Exalted!

Deacon's Family Ministry

Deacon Family Ministry
 
The office of Deacon is an important part of any Baptist Church. Deacons are called by God and elected by the church to serve in numerous ways, assisting with the ordinance of the Lords’ Supper; visitation of those suffering from illness, injury, or some other great needs of life; assisting the pastor in his daily duties and responsibilities. At First Baptist Church each deacon has an assigned number of families for which they are to minister and serve as Christ served.
Because we care for you and your family we are committed to the Deacon Family Ministry Plan. We want to make certain that every member and family in our church experience the love and support of the whole congregation. We want to be known throughout our community as a loving and caring church, truly a place to call home!
What is a Deacon Family Ministry Plan? It is a plan through which the deacons can join the pastor and church staff in ministering to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of each church member and family. The church families are divided into groups equally among our active deacons who will minister to them over a period of time. 
Part of each deacon’s meeting is spent praying about specific needs of families and rejoicing over needs met and victories won. Another part of the meeting may be used in developing deacon’s skills in ministering to family needs.
How can a deacon help you? Of course, you are the only one who can answer that question. However, there are some specific ways your deacon wants to try to help.
·        Visiting you – The first visit will be to get acquainted visit with you and your family. However, your deacon will make other visits throughout the year when someone in your family is in the hospital or you have sorrow or sickness in the home.
·        Witnessing to unsaved family members – One of your deacon’s chief concerns is that every member of your family knows Christ as Savior.
·        Rejoicing with you and your family – Your deacon will share your joy when you celebrate important events or accomplishments in your life.
·        Being a friend – As your deacon listens to your troubles and concerns, you will know someone who cares.
·        Giving support in times of crisis – Sometimes your deacon can help you through the crisis by listening and giving support. Other times, your deacon will know someone or a community agency that can help.
·        Answering questions about your faith or about church – Your deacon will watch for opportunities for you to use the talents, skills, and abilities God has given you.
·        Praying for you and with you – Believing that you are important and believing in the power of prayer, your deacon will join with the pastor and other deacons in praying for you and each member of your family.
In the Deacon Family Ministry Plan, every member and every family has a deacon. The more effective the plan works in our church, the closer our church will come to being a real family in Christ. Feel free to call your deacon, your deacon will seek to help you or link you to another helping person. If you do not know who your deacon is you can find out by call the church office at 583-2386.