Here to Serve You
Our deacons are a team of over 200 men who take the care of you and your family very personally. Whether through hospital visitation, calls and cards of encouragement, or service to the church, the Deacons of Brentwood Baptist Church are always ready to help in your time of need.
The mission of our church compels us to actively minister to others and connect them to Jesus Christ. Our Deacons, a pastoral care ministry of our church, are the hands and feet of Brentwood Baptist who serve our members and reach out to our community.
Deacons are to serve the church, in accordance with the standards outlined in Acts 6:1-7 and 1 Timothy 3.
For more information and to see Deacon resources, please visit our Care & Support ministry.
- The basic qualification has to do with the character and reputation of the individual in his relation to Jesus Christ and to the local church. On the basis of this consideration, all others are built. The church determines what they desire and expect in an active deacon on the basis of Scriptures and the needs of Brentwood Baptist Church.
- He should measure up to the requirements of Acts 6:1-6 and I Timothy 3:8-13
- He must be 25 years of age or older. (Being married is not considered a Scriptural requirement.)
- He must have been a member of Brentwood Baptist Church for at least one (1) full year immediately preceding Deacon nomination. This will apply to those who have held membership in Brentwood Baptist Church previously as well as those who join for the first time. It is waived for men who are ordained by another Baptist church.
- He must continuously prove his faith in our Lord Jesus Christ through his attendance, ministry, witness, service, and support of the total program of Brentwood Baptist Church. He must affirm and support the total Mission, Vision, Goals, and Values adopted by Brentwood Baptist Church.
- He must be a practicing tither to Brentwood Baptist Church.
- He must display a cooperative attitude toward membership of Brentwood Baptist church and staff, refrain from destructive criticism, and be willing to settle all difficulties in a quiet and Christian manner.
- It is expected that he be a man of good reputation bringing no reproach by his conduct upon himself, the Lord, or His church.
- He should honor the privacy of those things shared with him in confidence either by an individual or the Deacon body. Those elected to the Active Deacon Body are expected to attend the monthly Deacons’ Meetings unless providentially hindered.
- Each member of the Active Deacon Body will be expected to participate in the pastoral care ministry of Brentwood Baptist Church.
- Be an active part of your team
- Attend team meetings
- Attend monthly Deacon Breakfasts
- Attend Deacon Training (or watch videos if you miss)
- Read and respond to Deacon e-mails in a timely manner
- Good communication with your team leader
- Visit hospitals, nursing homes, hospice, and funeral homes
- Send cards and letters and make phone calls to CareRing lists, new members, etc
- Lord’s Supper and Lord’s Supper preparation
- Participate in Sunday activities the week your team is on duty
- Pray with Senior Pastor at team meetings and at the alter
- Participate in Easter & Christmas Eve services as requested
- Widow ministry
- Ability to present the gospel
- Regular prayer and Bible study times
In Acts 6:2-7 we learn about the choosing of the first deacons of the church: “So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. …They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.”
- Be an active part of your team