When I hear or read about deacons it is mostly about what deacons can or should be doing. I rarely hear or read much about what deacons need and how those needs might be met. As someone who cares about and is committed to supporting and serving deacons, I would like to hear from folks who are either presently serving as deacons or recently--within the last 2-3 years--completed a term as a deacon. I am most interested in responses to the first question below. I would also be interested in your responses to questions 2 and/or 3.
- What do you think deacons need most in order to carry out the work to which they have been called and the "Charge" to which they agreed at their ordination? (Just click on "Charge" if you've forgotten or are unsure about what it includes.)
- How do you think this or these needs can best be met or addressed?
- What suggestions do you have for deacons, church councils, congregations, classes, or deacon/diaconal conferences that might help address the need(s)?