Wednesday, January 14, 2009

THOUGHTS ON DEACON MINISTRY

Last Sunday we had our first deacons meeting for 2009. I'm excited about the group God has placed in this very important role. This group represents the largest body of deacons ever at Chapin Baptist. Eleven of the fifteen serving their first year are brand new deacons. We had an ordination service for them on the evening of January 4.

Standing before these men and their wives last Sunday, I shared portions of the story of Esther with them. In light of the tough transitions our church went through last year, I asked them, "Could it be that God has placed them in this strategic position for 'such a time as this'?" I believe God has. This large group represents long-time members and newer members. It respresents senior adult members and twenty-something members.

I have a personal sense of pride in that my son Kevin was ordained and is now serving on the deacon body. I was extremely proud as we all stood at the conclusion of the meeting and asked for anyone to voice a prayer who felt led to do so. Kevin, the youngest guy in the group, in the middle of these seasoned men of God, voiced a prayer that obviously came straight from his heart. Yes, I'm a proud dad.

I sense in this group a sincere desire to grow deeper in their faith and to become genuine servant leaders for Chapin Baptist. They need your prayers. I need your prayers as I seek to lead them to reach their God-given potential.

Who knows? Several years down the road, we may look back and agree that God used these men to accomplish significant things for the kingdom. Perhaps God has placed them in this place of service for such a time as this.

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