Deacon Nomination – Sunday, July 11, 2021

Please review these qualifications and be in prayer for who you will nominate on Sunday, July 11, 2021.

  1. Qualifications: The Deacons shall be male members of the church who on account of

Godliness and fitness for the office, have been elected and ordained in a Southern

Baptist Church. The Deacon is an honored and responsible officer of the church. According to the New Testament he is chosen to this office because of his wisdom, faith and fullness of the Holy Spirit. His moral qualifications require that he be a man serious in purpose, careful in speech, sound in doctrine, the husband of one wife, and a good steward of time and talent, must abstain from the use and sale of intoxicating beverages.

(I Timothy 3:11-13) Deacon’s wives should so conduct themselves as expressed in I Timothy 3:11-12. A new Christian is ineligible for Deaconship for one year. A previously ordained Deacon in good standing must be a member of First Baptist Church of LaBelle for a period of three (3) months before becoming eligible for Deaconship.

  1. Election of Deacons: The Deacons shall consist of five (5) or more active members of the church. Nominations for Deacons will be made all together by the membership of First Baptist Church of LaBelle. Nominations will be by secret ballots (written) disregarding age. In a regular worship service the Pastor will preach on the qualifications of a Deacon, to be followed by the church nominating the needed number of men. The Pastor and Deacons will then examine those nominated and bring recommendations to the church.
  2. Term of Office: The Deacons shall be elected for a term of three (3) years on a rotating basis and ineligible for re-election the 4th year. Should a vacancy occur, the church may elect a substitute Deacon to complete the unexpired term. A Deacon filling an unexpired term can be elected for an additional term.
  3. Duties of Deacons: The duties of the Deacon are churchwide, covering Ordinances, stewardship, soul winning, missions, etc. It is his duty to plan and lead out in all matters concerning the welfare of the church, but he is never understood to have any authority over the church, excepting when that authority is delegated to him by the church. Regular attendance at Deacon’s meetings is vital, unless providentially hindered. Lack of interest in attending, and subsequent duty to perform his duty, shall constitute sufficient grounds for his release.