AHF Deacons and the Diaconate

The New Testament scripture teaches that deacons were set apart by the church as servants to minister to the needs of the Body of Christ. This ministry allowed the elders (pastors) to devote themselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:1-7). The office of deacon is one of a servant to the Body of Christ. Any other concept does injustice to the New Testament record found in Acts 6 and 1 Timothy 3. It is not a position or office to give a man in order to honor him, nor is it a position which holds decision making authority over the church other than 1) as a regular functioning member of the congregation as set in the constitution and by-laws and 2) as designated by the Presbytery for a predetermined purpose and time.

The deacons of the church will generally be assigned to a functional area of the church under the direction of an elder, as the Lord leads and directs in each situation and according to their gifts. However, it will be the policy of Agape Home Fellowship that deacons will not only minister within their functional areas, but also without, as the Spirit directs. Deacons may also be in charge of an AHF house church and function as the house church shepherd.