The Story Behind the Story – Three things make a “great” deacon
Recently I heard Jay VanGroningen of CFA talk about “good neighbors” – and then he kicked it up a notch by asking: And what makes a GREAT neighbor?
That got me to thinking. We know what makes a good deacon… a good steward, faithful at meetings, sensitive heart, and the like. But what makes a GREAT deacon?
Here are 3 things I think go into making a great deacon; I wonder what YOU think about these.
A great deacon prays – a lot. She cultivates a habit of praying for the congregation, for the community, for the world. Praying goes without saying. But too many of us just don’t say it.
A great deacon walks the neighborhood. Here’s another spiritual discipline that I think underlies great deacons. Greeting people, observing what’s happening, watching for things to praise and appreciate. Praying and walking and watching for the gifts that God has put into the community. Just being around is so important – listening, caring, encouraging.
A great deacon has an eye for the gifts in life, and concentrates more on gifts than on needs. This is related to always asking where God is at work so we can join him. Or like the change strategy of watching for what’s working and celebrating and building on that. A great deacon is always asking God to show him where the gifts are so they can be uncovered and set free.
What do you think makes a great deacon?