Our risen Lord has given each new believer within the "body of Christ"
certain spiritual gifts in order to serve Him within our local church as
well as our local community. There are two categories of spiritual gifts:
speaking gifts and serving gifts (I Peter 4:10-11). Then, from among the
men and women gifted with "serving gifts" (administration, helps,
service, giving, vision, leadership, and mercy, etc.), our risen Lord calls
out certain "tested" deacons as servant leaders to minister among
us as well as lead the rest of us into ministry.
A list of the characteristics for deacons can be found in I Timothy 3:8-13. As is true of the ministry of elders, the ministry of deacons also appears to demonstrate that God is more concerned about the character of a man or woman than he is about the task they have been called to.
"Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. Let deacons be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households. For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus."
As our deacon ministry grows, we as your elders would encourage you to bring to our attention any man or woman you see serving in our body whom you believe is spiritually qualified ("tested") as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 to serve as a deacon in this leadership ministry. We also appreciate your prayers for the men and women who have been appointed for leadership in this newly recognized ministry at PBC.
The word "deacon" indicates servant and service. The elders will encourage the deacons to continue to use their service gifts among us and within our communities and to lead and encourage many of us with the same gifts to join them in their ministries. Some of those ministries will fall in line with our Lord's word in Matthew 25:35-36: "For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me."
See Honored Servants, by Steve
Zeisler, Discovery Paper #8155
Dave Beggs, Los Altos Area
Jerry and Elene Cook, Los Altos Area
Paul and Sue Cross, Palo Alto Area
Gordon and Rosie Hall, Sunnyvale Area
Rafael and Carolyn Sedillo, Sunnyvale Area
Ray and Sheri Luevano, Palo Alto Area
Tom Means, Mountain View Area
Kip and Patti Farmer, Mountain View Area,
Mark and Laura Ledwith, Mountain View Area
Don and Carolyn Miller, Los Altos Area
Charles and Jeanette Roberson, Palo Alto Area
Bob and Muriel Thompson, Sunnyvale Area
Chris Tucker, Palo Alto Area
Jim and Dorothy Wolfe, Palo Alto Area
Jerri Rudnick, Women
Milton Borg, Facilities
Revised May 29, 1996.