To assist the elders, Fairmont is blessed with men willing to serve as “deacons” in the church. The term deacon means servant. Their work is described in Acts 6:1-4:
Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.”
“Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:1-4
Seven men were chosen to do this work of serving the widows. These men served the church in Jerusalem under the guidance of the apostles. Today, deacons serve the church under the guidance and leadership of the elders. Deacons take on the specific physical work of the church, heading up the various ministries. Qualifications for deacons are given in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. They must be
- reverent, sober
- not double-tongued
- not given (addicted) to much wine
- not greedy for money
- holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience
- first be proven (tested)
- husbands of one wife
- ruling their children and their own houses well
The scripture also references that deacons’ wives must be: reverent, not slanderers, temperate, and faithful in all things (1 Timothy 3:11).