1 Timothy 3:8-13

8 In the same way, deacons[a] are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

11 In the same way, the women[b] are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

The office of deacon is described in the New Testament (1 Tim. 3:8-13) and the word “deacon” is variously interpreted as “servant, minister, writer, attendant.”

Orchard Park has a sufficient number of deacons to form a deacons’ board. The head deacon serves as the chairman of the deacons’ board. The board affords a well-ordered means of distributing deacons’ responsibilities and coordinates deacons’ contributions to the well-being of the church. It also provides a training ground where younger men, rightly recruited as deacons, may be instructed in their duties.

The duties of deacons involve a wide range of practical services for the church including:

  • Assistance at Services and Meetings
  • Visitation of Members
  • Preparation for Baptismal Services
  • Assistance at the Communion Service
  • Care and Maintenance of Church Property

Want more information about the Deacons?

If you’d like more information or have any questions, contact Curtis Mclean at deacon@opsda.org, or call the church offices at 423.698.0707.