Based on the Deacon Ministry established by the first century church
(Acts 6:1-7), the ministry of Colonial’s Deacons is to glorify
God by serving His body, helping to create community by lovingly and
compassionately caring for the people that He has entrusted to our
church, and providing practical services to our church and its people.
Deacons have the honor of modeling, for the local church and
the lost world, God’s compassion, kindness, mercy and love. As the
church compassionately cares for people’s needs, members and
attendees will grow in their commitment to each other thereby developing a
sense of community and the world will see a visible display of
Christ’s love, drawing some people to the Savior. Deacons are to be
an example of commitment, unity and harmony in their service.
In addition to Communion and contribution counting responsibilities,
Deacons serve in one of three areas:
Building Deacons assure that care is extended to families and individuals.
Deacons work with ABFs and existing ministry groups to encourage and
actively participate in caregiving.
Deacons work with Care Ministry to provide
encouragement and comfort while visiting people who are ill, hospitalized,
homebound, or in prison, as well as caring for families experiencing
Deacons serve the church body by participating in
service projects to assist the needs of widows, elderly and others within
the body who do not have appropriate resources or abilities to do so
themselves. In conjunction
with Care Ministry pastors, selected Deacons are chosen to serve on the
Benevolence Fund Committee. This committee administers the Benevolence Fund
to meet people’s basic needs. Ministry leaders who become aware of
financial needs are asked to complete a Benevolence Fund Request and submit
it to the Care Ministry office.