Deacons of the Early Church
In the 6th chapter of Acts we learn that the deacons were appointed for the purpose serving and assisting with growth matters as the Gospel spread rapidly and the widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. If it were just a matter of dealing with food distribution perhaps not much more would have been said. However, we read in Acts 6:3 that the Twelve (apostles) were instructed as follows; "Brethren, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom." (NIV) This passage introduces us to the designation of deacons.
To reinforce the notion that the deacons were to be spiritually based, Paul drills even deeper into the qualifications through his letter to Timothy regarding deacons in the Church of Ephesus. In 1 Timothy 3:8-13 we see very specific expectations for conduct, faith, and family structure.
Deacons of the Church at Harpeth Heights
The Church at Harpeth Heights adheres to the Bible’s basis and qualifications for deacons. The deacons strive to serve and connect with the members of our congregation and find ways to meet needs that may exist. As deacons of the Church at Harpeth Heights we believe our role is to act as servant leaders and servant models. Furthermore, we believe that the ultimate model of service is provided by the life of Jesus Christ.
Deacon Family Ministry
Each deacon is assigned a list of families to be connected with. Family members are encouraged to be involved with ministries and/or Bible study groups. However, if family members are unable to be involved in ministries, study groups, or events, it is our desire that they would stay connected through the Deacon Family Ministry.