Deacons – Called to Serve
The Board of Deacons is under the guidance of two co-moderators, secretary/treasurer and the Parish Associate. The Deacons meet the third Tuesday of each month, in the Chapel at 7pm. Our meetings include devotional time, discussion of pertinent issues, and prayer. There is also a one-day Deacon retreat each year.
Encouraging you to encounter God; to enter into a life-changing relationship with Jesus, and to let the Holy Spirit show you your place in God’s work.
Our vision is to…
- Connect across generations
- Develop disciple-makers
- Send Christ’s people to bless the world
- A personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
- A mature and growing (not finished or perfect!) faith.
- An active member of Columbia Presbyterian Church who participates regularly in the life of the church.
- A person who feels called to help facilitate a ministry of nurture and care for those in need.
Deacon Teams & Responsibilities
Hospitality & Mercy:
- Welcome Center
- Front Door & Curbside Greeting
- Memorial Services
- Care Partners (visits, calls, & cards)
- Delivery of prayer shawls
- Helping Hands
- Special Projects (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter)
- Food Drives
- Blood Drives
- Communion Preparation
- Set-up for Worship
- Coordination of Servers
- Provide Home Communion
All Deacons are asked to:
- Attend worship regularly.
- Have an intentional plan for personal spiritual growth.
- Pray regularly for CPC staff, officers, congregation and friends.
- Respect confidentiality while doing the ministry of a Deacon.
- Attend Deacon meetings.
- Commit to a specific leadership role in one area of Deacon ministry.
- In addition, we ask some Deacons to serve as Care Partners. The care partner ministry is a relationship between a Deacon and a member of the CPC family who needs assistance, encouragement, and/or loving support. The role/duty of the Care Partner is to communicate, either by visits or calls, with the person(s) under his or her care. Deacons are not responsible for home repairs or cleaning. These tasks may be included in the “Helping Hands” projects.
“…for those that want to be servants in the church (Deacons): serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it. They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. Let them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on. No exceptions are to be made for women – same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not over fond of wine. Servants in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs. Those who do this work will come to be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith.”
I Timothy 3: 8-13 (Message)