Many deacon boards focus on two things: building & budget. And why not? They need to be done, and men are good at those things. Yet, as we read the New Testament, we find that God is primarily focused on the character and spiritual gifting of those he calls to be deacons—not on their ability to use Quickbooks or swing a hammer. Learn how deacons can lead the mercy ministry efforts in your church, why that’s a good idea, and how you can make sure the building & budget aren’t neglected in the process.
Audio of workshop from PCA General Assembly 2012 by Chris Sicks:
Presentation slides: Role of the Deacon – Chris Sicks – GA 2012
diaconalministries.com (CRC, Canada) — Tons of great resources here.
Resources from 10th Presbyterian in Philadelphia — ACTS Ministries is a mercy ministry of Tenth Presbyterian Church in the City of Philadelphia. ACTS serves the needs of individuals and families in our community and church by employing the time, witness, talents and resources the Lord has given his Church.
The New Testament Deacon: The Church’s Minister of Mercy — by Alexander Strauch — Perhaps the best book to read to understand what deacons should do.
Ministries of Mercy by Tim Keller
When Helping Hurts by Corbett & Fikkert
Love Walked Among Us by Paul Miller
Beyond Charity by John Perkins
Tangible by Chris Sicks