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Path to Leadership. Basic Ministry Skills Protecting Church Unity. Ephesians 4:3-6 New American Standard. Path to Leadership. 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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Path to leadership

Path to Leadership

Basic Ministry Skills

Protecting Church Unity

Ephesians 4 3 6 new american standard
Ephesians 4:3-6New American Standard

Path to Leadership

3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;

5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

Robert naylor the baptist deacon
Robert NaylorThe Baptist Deacon

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"When a man becomes a deacon, he loses the privilege, if such exists, of participating in a church row. A member of the ranks may claim that often-abused privilege, 'speaking his mind.' When a man becomes a deacon—selected and called by the Holy Spirit, chosen by the church, dedicated by personal choice—he forfeits the right to promote in any fashion, a division in the life of the church. The one inescapable duty of the deacon in the New Testament was the protection of the church fellowship.

Path to leadership

Path to Leadership

When things arise that are divisive, it is time for a deacon who believes the Book to stand up and say: ‘We cannot do it this way in this church. We must have harmony and peace if we are to follow Christ.’ That could make the difference between a great, fruitful church and an ineffective, dried-up one.”

Disunity could be caused by
Disunity Could Be Caused By…

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  • Doctrinal controversy

    • Tongues, Predestination, Specifics of the Second Coming, Divorced Deacons, etc.

  • Someone developing a personal following (many carpet color type issues are about this)

  • The application of church discipline – sinner or victim

  • Differing expectations of pastor

What deacons can do

Path to Leadership

Preventing Disunity

What Deacons Can Do

Early warning detection system
Early Warning Detection System

Path to Leadership

  • Deacons are the eyes and ears of the church leadership team

  • With early warnings, they enable the church to “Nip it in the bud!”

Apprehend foresee and take steps to avoid danger
Apprehend, Foresee, and Take Steps to Avoid Danger

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  • Say up front what will not be a controversy here

    • In essentials, unity

    • In non-essentials, liberty

    • In all things, charity

  • We don’t fight over spiritual gifts, predestination, or the details of the Lord’s return

  • Deal with touchy subjects before there are actual people involved (eg. Divorced deacons)

Don t let sleeping dogs lie
Don’t LetSleeping Dogs Lie

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  • It’s not a sleeping dog just because it isn’t biting you.

  • Have deacons trained in conflict resolution

  • Philippians 4:2-3 “I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I also ask you, true partner, to help these women who have contended for the gospel at my side, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers whose names are in the book of life.”

Deacons and pastor
Deacons and Pastor

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  • First Timothy 5:19 “Don’t accept an accusation against an elder unless it is supported by two or three witnesses.”

  • Staff against weaknesses

    • People expect: visiting parson, preparing preacher, compassionate counselor, soul winner, administrator, disciple-maker, and family man