We define a deacon as a man or woman of proven character who serves the church body through significant oversight of practical ministry needs.
2023 Deacon Process
Every year we select a new group of deacons and deaconesses. While the elders take responsibility to decide, the entire church family nominates and then affirms the choices of the elders. See 1 Timothy 3:8–13 for the biblical qualifications for deacons.
We are looking to recognize men and women who are already serving and have a proven track record of faithfulness. Every member of Grace Church should be serving; deacons, however, have oversight of others who are serving. They give direction, instruction, motivation, and guidelines for other servants. A true deacon will gather and equip others to serve, even as he serves himself. His or her service will also free the elders from a practical need so they can focus on their primary role of prayer and teaching. Just as pastor means “shepherd,” with all its feeding and leading implications, deacon means “servant,” with all its caring and ministering implications.
To nominate a man or woman, do one of the following:
Call the church office at (559) 897-8788
Click here to submit a nomination
Members Nominate • Now through October 30
Elders confirm, deny, or add to nominations • November 2
Three weeks to affirm the nominees • November 13–December 4