"Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless." -1 Timothy 3:8-10.
The Deacon Fellowship of First Baptist provides servant leaders for the Church. The Fellowship is composed of men who seek to be servants of Jesus and serve the interests of the Church. The Fellowship supports the Church and the Senior Pastor by active involvement of the deacons in the ministries of the Church and through Deacon Committees.
Any man who meets the following qualifications may be considered for service as a deacon:
a. over 25 years of age;
b. made a profession of faith and been a follower of Jesus for at least two years;
c. meets the qualifications of scripture described in Acts 6:1 and 1 Timothy 3:8-13;
d. been an active member of the First Baptist Church of Norfolk for at least one year.
The instructions and assignments for deacon support of communion at Sunday worship services are available here.
The last two pages of the form provide an overview of the expectations of a deacon and a deacon job description.
Candidates for ordination as a Deacon at First Baptist are called Timothy Candidates and participate in an in-service training program called the Timothy Program. The Timothy Program is designed to help prepare the individual for service as a deacon. The minimum time in the program is six months. The form used to track completion of requirements for candidates in the Timothy Program.