deacons

a deacon on purpose

The deacon serves as an extension of the pastor’s long arm of ministry in the local church. It is our pleasure to offer deacon training for your local congregation in a biblical, cost-effective format. A Deacon on Purpose is a short book, available at minimal cost, which guides a deacon body through the four biblical purposes of a deacon: (1) Lead by Example, (2) Serve the People, (3) Support the Pastor & Staff, and (4) Protect the Peace. The book is organized into six sessions, and is flexible for use in a variety of formats

"We used 'A Deacon on Purpose' for a deacon retreat at Tate Springs. It is hands down the very best deacon training curriculum I've ever come across. It's theologically sound and extremely practical. I found that it joined together the hearts of the pastor and the deacons. I cannot recommend it enough!"

Jared WellmanPastor of Tate Springs Baptist Church, Arlington

"At most of these kinds of meetings, people come anticipating when it will be over. But no one wanted it to end!"

Gary WardPastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Weatherford

"It seemed like the momentum and pace was not there before Tony's training. People were set in routine [lacking] passion for what they're called to do. One of the biggest things that happened after the training and since Tony came is the message of A Deacon on Purpose – a call to arms."

Chris BainDeacon at Glenview Church, Fort Worth

"Our Deacons have not gone through a Deacon training in years. A Deacon On Purpose was the perfect study for us. With the help of that study and Dr. Tony Wolfe, we are moving towards a more biblical Deacon body on purpose to serve the people of the church God has called them to."

Stephen AmmonsPastor of Meadowbrook Baptist Church, Rockdale

deacon training request

It is our honor, in the SBTC Pastor Church Relations department, to provide helpful materials and resources for pastors and church leadership. In an effort to better serve our churches, we would like to provide their deacons with the opportunity to be trained by a staff member from the Pastor|Church Relations department. If your church would like to schedule a training, please fill out the form below, and someone will contact you shortly.

for churches

Visit our main page for churches to learn more.

resources

Take advantage of A Deacon on Purpose collection of resources we’ve put together.

other resources

LifeWay's Deacon Magazine

Deacon Magazine enables deacons to learn more about their ministry role in the church and community. Deacon magazine assists them in carrying out their deacon ministry responsibilities, from visitation to dealing with church conflicts. Each quarterly issue connects real-life current conditions in church leadership with biblical truths written by key leaders. Devotionals and training plans for monthly deacons meetings are included in each issue.

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Deacon Wives

This warmhearted, conversational new book from “Fresh Ideas” syndicated columnist Diana Davis shares stories and insights for deacon wives whether just inaugurated or long experienced. The reader will enjoy tips on how to best encourage her husband’s work, the ministry of the pastor and his wife, and other church staff and members. There are also helpful home and family suggestions, self-evaluation forms and checklists, and even a detailed teaching plan to share this wealth of material with other women in the church

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Deacons as Leaders

Deacons as Leaders, by Robert Sheffield, portrays various leadership roles of the deacon: in the biblical leadership model for church and community ministry, as a change agent, as a leader in times of transition, and as a leader with the pastor and staff.

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The Deacon I Want to Be: Growing in Faith, Faithful in Service

The Deacon I Want to Be: Growing in Faith, Faithful in Service – Leader Kit is a 6 session Bible study that helps current and prospective deacons grow spiritually and serve faithfully in the local church. Sessions look at the deacon and his worthiness, his work, his wife, his worship, and his witness.

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9Marks: Deacons

Jesus came to deacon (Mark 10:45; Rom. 15:8).

So did Paul, Apollos, and Tychicus (1 Cor. 3:5, 6; Eph. 3:7; 6:21; Col. 4:7). And the greatest among us will be deacons (Mark 10:43). It’s not a bad label to wear, apparently.

The New Testament only mentions this unassuming office two, maybe three times (Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3:8-13; cf. Rom. 16:1). But pay attention. It seems to direct the deacon’s attention to the church’s physical good, which in turn will serve the church’s spiritual good. The deacon is a unity builder—and shock absorber! There should be nothing unspiritual about a deacon.

What about your church? Do you officially recognize anyone as a deacon? Doing so publicly holds forth models of Christian love and service. We hope these articles will stimulate you to consider why and how to employ such individuals in your congregation.

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