What is the Deacon Family Ministry Plan? It is a plan through which the deacons can join the pastor and church staff in ministering to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of each church member and family. The resident church families are divided into groups of ten or more families. Each group of families is then assigned to a deacon who will minister to them over a period of time.
A part of each deacons’ meeting is spent praying about specific needs of families and in rejoicing over needs met and victories won. Another part of the meeting may be used in developing deacons’ skills in ministering to family needs.
How can a deacon help you? Of course, you are the only one who can answer that question. However, there are some specific ways your deacon wants to try to help.
Visiting you – the first visit will be a get-acquainted visit with you and your family. However, your deacon will make other visits throughout the year when someone in your family is in the hospital or you have sorrow or sickness in the home.
Witnessing to unsaved family members – one of your deacon’s chief concerns is that every member of your family know Christ as Savior.
Rejoicing with you and your family – your deacon will share your joy when you celebrate important events or accomplishments in your life.
Being your friend – as your deacon listens to your troubles and concerns, you will know someone who cares.
Giving support in times of crisis – sometimes your deacon can help you through the crisis by listening and giving support. Other times your deacon will know someone else or a community agency that can help.
Answering questions about your faith or about your church or denomination – your deacon will try to find the answers for you.
Helping you know and have fellowship with other members and families in the church – your deacon will encourage you to participate in social occasions when families in the assigned group or other church members get together for fun and fellowship.
Helping you find ways to serve in and through the church – your deacon will watch for opportunities for you to use the talents, skills, and abilities God has given you.
Praying for you and with you – believing that you are important and believing in the power of prayer, your deacon will join with the pastor and other deacons in praying for you and each member of your family.