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    1. 1 VIETNAMESE BAPTIST NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP VIETNAMESE BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL ENGLISH SPEAKING LAY LEADERS JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA SEP. 18-19, 2009

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    3. 3 BIBLICAL GUIDANCE ON THE OFFICE OF DEACON Deacons and Elders are the two distinct offices in a New Testament Church The terms, Elder, Pastor (shepherd), and Overseer (bishop), are used synonymously in the New Testament. In the New Testament, elders had the role of the general oversight of the church.

    4. 4 DEACON - DIAKONOS In the original language the word, Deacon, means Servant = Diakonos Diakoneo and its derivatives are used mainly for personal help to others. Diakonia is found 34 times in the NT. It means service at the table (Luke 10:40; Acts 6:1) Diakonos is found 29 times in the NT. It primary meaning is one who serves at tables.

    5. 5 DEACON The Office of Deacon Was created for the Purpose of Handling the Benevolence Ministry. Acts 6:1-3

    6. 6 DEACON The Office of Deacon Was Established to Free the Apostles (who functioned as the first pastors) to Pray and to Prepare to Minister the Word. The Apostles, in dealing with the benevolence ministry problem at the Jerusalem church told the congregation that It is not whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Acts 6:2-4 (NKJV)

    7. 7 DEACON Some have misunderstood this passage to mean that it is the role of deacons to oversee the business of the church. First, the text says, this business, not the business and the business is being referred to is the business of benevolence. Second, as Dr. Robert Naylor points out, that would be a misinterpretation of the meaning of the Word:

    8. 8 DEACON The word business should be discussed a little to prevent any misunderstanding. The Greek word is chreia and basically means need. It is translated twenty-five times. This is the only place it is translated business. Therefore, there is no Scriptural authority for the deacons to make financial decisions of the church. Church decisions must remain church decisions.

    9. 9 DEACON Deacons are to be capable of serving the Lord in Spiritual ways Stephen was a man of spiritual power: And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people (Acts 6:8 NKJV). Philip was not only a deacon, but also was gifted in evangelism (Acts 8:5-7)

    10. 10 DEACON The Office of Deacon requires a firm grasp of sound doctrine. (Acts 6:9) The presence of Deacons should advance the unity of a Church. (Acts 6:5) The presence of Deacons should advance the cause of Evangelism (Acts 6:7)

    11. 11 DEACON Q & A

    12. 12 CHURCH LEADERSHIP Definition of Leadership: a. Leadership is a process (not a trait or character) b. Leadership involves influence, c. Leadership occurs in a group context, and d. Leadership involves goal attainment. Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal.

    13. 13 US BAPTIST CHURCH ORG. GOD CONGREGATION Sr. Pastor Executive Assistant Executive Pastor Associate Pastor Administrative Pastor * (next slide) Worship Pastor Christian Education Pastor Children Minister Etc.

    14. 14 US BAPTIST CHURCH ORG.

    15. 15 VIET BAPTIST CHURCH ORG. GOD CONGREGATION ? DIACONATE PASTOR EX.COM DIACONATE EX.COM TBCH TK TQ TBTCN TBTTN TBN

    16. 16 CHURCH ORGANIZATION WHO IS THE HEAD OF YOUR CHURCH? a. PASTOR b. HEAD OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE c. DEACON d. CHRIST

    17. 17 CHURCH ORGANIZATION THE PASTOR REPORTS TO: a. The Fellowship of Deacons b. The Executive Committee c. The Congregation d. God e. All of the above

    18. 18 CHURCH ORGANIZATION Can the Pastor visit any committees meeting uninvited? a. Yes why? b. No why?

    19. 19 CHURCH LEADERSHIP Next attractions in Denver, Dai Hoi 26, July 2010: a. Leadership Defined Ways of conceptualizing Leadership Definition and Component b. Leadership Described Trait vs Process Leadership Assigned vs Emergent Leadership Leadership and Power Leadership and Coercion Leadership and Management

    20. 20 VIETNAMESE BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL