The office of deacon is described in the New Testament (1 Tim. 3:8-13) and the word “deacon” is variously interpreted as “servant, minister, writer, attendant.” Miracle Temple has a sufficient number of deacons to form a deacons’ board. The head deacon serves as the chairman of the deacons’ board with meetings being held the 3rd Sunday of each month (see calendar events). The board affords a well-ordered means of distributing deacons’ responsibilities and coordinates deacons’ contributions to the well-being of the church. It also provides a training ground where younger men, rightly recruited as deacons, may be instructed in their duties. The duties of deacons involve a wide range of practical services for the church including:
Assistance at Services and Meetings
Visitation of Members
Preparation for Baptismal Services
Assistance at the Communion Service
The Care of the Sick and the Poor
Care and Maintenance of Church Property
Four deacons are scheduled to be on duty during any particular Sabbath
One deacon is designated each week as the Deacon-in-Charge. He is to open up the church for services, meetings and special occasions and close up the church once they have concluded
He also provides a security presence at Wednesday night prayer service. The weekly term of service for the Deacon-in-Charge begins on Sabbath morning at the early morning worship service and ends on Friday evening, typically after the Vespers service.
Every deacon is assigned one or more church members on the sick and shut-in list for visitation and must contact the individual at least once a month and render a report to the Head Deacon.