Deacon Ministry

deacons

The twenty-four member Deacon Body of First Baptist Church is made up of both male and female deacons.  The role of the deacon is that of spiritual leadership through service to God, the church body and the lost.  Each family in the church has a family deacon who is there for prayer support and visiting, especially when there is sickness and special concerns.  Deacons also visit prospective members to follow-up on their visits, share information about our church, and invite them to become members of our church family. In addition to our Deacon Family Ministry Plan we also have a Deacon Team Ministry Plan. "T.E.A.M." "Together Everyone Achieves More".  Our Deacon Team Ministry Plan currently has 11 Teams.   Each Team includes both Deacons and Church Members.  Our Teams:

Name: Bereavement Ministry Team          
Focus: Persons affected by the death of a loved one. This is a ministry of visitation (home, funeral home, service and graveside) and providing other assistance as required for family of deceased.
Message: "You are not alone during this time of crisis and healing."
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, encouragement, faith, healing, helps, intercession, mercy
 
Name:  Casserole Ministry Team
Focus: Persons affected by time of crisis and/or upheaval of their normal schedule. This is a ministry of  providing food for those dealing with other issues in their lives. Food is provided in several ways - home cooked, purchased, gift certificate, money given. 
Message: "Let us provide your meals while you are dealing with crisis in your life".
Spiritual Gifts:  Administration, encouragement, helps, hospitality, mercy.
 
Name: Celebration Ministry Team
Focus: Persons who have experienced something for which we can join in celebration and thanksgiving.  Recognition of  birthdays, anniversaries, baptisms, graduations, staff  anniversaries, etc. using a variety of sources.
Message:  “We rejoice with you!”
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, encouragement, helps, hospitality
  
Name: Homebound Ministry Team
Focus: Persons confined to their homes, no matter whether they make their home in private dwellings, retirement communities or nursing centers.  This is a ministry of  contact by personal visitation, phone call or writing.
Message:  “You remain an important part of our lives.”
Spiritual Gifts:   Administration, encouragement, healing, intercession,  mercy
 
Name: Hospital Visitation Ministry Team             
Focus: Persons who are affected by hospitalization. This is a ministry of visitation for those in the hospital long or short-term.
Message: "You are not alone during this time of crisis and healing."
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, encouragement, faith, healing, helps, intercession, mercy.
 
Name:  Inactive Member Ministry Team
Focus:  Persons who have fallen away from the church recently or who have given an indication they intend to become inactive. Emphasis on listening rather than problem- solving.
Message:  "We miss you, we love you, and we will not let you slip away from us so easily".
Spiritual Gifts:   Administration, encouragement, helps, hospitality. 
 
Name: New Member Ministry Team                                 
Focus: Persons who have recently chosen to make this their church home. This is a ministry of taking new folks by the hand and introducing them (Sunday school, worship, Wednesday night fellowships, etc.).
Message: "Welcome. Come in and let's get acquainted."
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, encouragement, helps, hospitality.
 
Name:  Prayer Ministry Team
Focus: Persons whose spiritual needs call out for intercessory prayer.  This is a ministry of sending prayer cards and personal notes of encouragement from the church.
Message: “Today I spoke with God about your needs.”
Spiritual Gifts:   Administration, encouragement, faith, healing, intercession, mercy
 
Name:  Small Jobs Ministry Team
Focus: Persons who need God's hands and feet (and occasionally His back, too) applied to their lives in a tangible way.
Message:  "Please let us help you with that."
Spiritual Gifts:    Administration, craftsmanship, giving, helps, mercy
 
Name: Transportation Ministry Team       
Focus: Persons who cannot provide their own transportation to and from church services and special events, including those needing assistance to get elsewhere (doctor, grocery store, drugstore, etc.).
Message: "Having you be a part of our church life is very important to us; let us help get you here and other places important in your life."
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, helps, hospitality, mercy.