The Deacon Ministry serves as advisors to the Pastor in matters pertaining to the spiritual welfare and work of the Church. Deacons are required to meet the spiritual requirements set forth in Acts 6:3 and 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Deacons support and assist the work of the Pastor in the care of members and their families, care of the sick, needy, and the disbursement of benevolent assistance to members of the Church. Deacons also assist the Pastor with an administration of the ordinances of the Church (Holy Communion and Baptism) and oversee the preparation of the activities of the Deaconess Ministry.
At Oak Valley, we follow the “Deacon Family Ministry” approach to member care. It involves dividing the membership into small groups with a deacon assigned to minister to each. The deacon stays in regular contact with each household in his group. By staying in closer contact with members fewer are lost. In times of need, members know to contact their deacon who is responsible for ministering to them. This model multiplies the ministry of the church.
The Deaconess Ministry assists the Deacons in the care of the congregation under the spiritual guidance of the Pastor and the Deacons. They are responsible for the preparation of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. The Deaconess Ministry is also responsible for guiding and assisting our female baptism candidates. Beyond the traditional ceremony of service, Oak Valley Deaconesses are active agents of God’s healing in the Church and to other women in the community, visiting the ill, helping the poor, and serving on behalf of women in need and helping women heal and cope with life’s challenges and changing rules.