Posts Tagged ‘deacons’

Sharing from Deacons

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Sharing from Deacon Henry and Deacon Philip

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Your Input Needed for Your Deacons!

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Leadership is needed in our church and we welcome your input. We are, as you know, in a place where our leadership positions for Moderator, Vice-Moderator, Deacons, Various Ministry Groups, and other positions will be considered for the 2015 time frame and beyond. The current Deacons have requested your input on who might be most suitable for helping the church in this area.

In the early church, deacons understood their role as servants. They were leaders not based on position but by function as they carried out their service by “being allowed” to serve! (This term “allowed” is also referenced in Acts 5:41 where “Suffering” is described.) The Scriptures only use the translated term “deacon” a couple of times but we can see in I Tim.3:8-13 a fairly good description of what we should expect in the personal life of a deacon.

Deacons were to be “like Christ.” Mark 10:45 says that Christ came to serve and give his life for others. The deacon’s role can be no different. Humility in service is his goal and not position or power. Jesus could have modeled either of these goals of “power or position” at any point of His life but he did not. In following the model that Jesus did present, the deacon, in the early church, did a very “practical ministry.”

Please prayerfully consider the church’s urgent need for spiritual leadership and assistance as you consider quietly speaking with either our current deacons or pastoral staff regarding individuals that you believe could serve the Father in this role at VCBC. Indeed, leave your heart open to service in this way as well!

Current Deacons can also be considered for “continuing service” so we welcome your thoughts on that as well. A term of service for the deacon is 5 years. Presently serving are: Philip Mah, Henry Cheung, Betty Yuen, and Alfred Lu. Our need is for a number of about 8-10 in total for 2015 onwards.

In His Service, Your Co-workers

Interested in serving as a deacon?

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Interested or feel called in caring for our English congregation members? We are currently looking for more deacons. If you are interested in being considered, would like to suggest a name, or would like to know more, see one of the current deacons or email Alfred Lu at [email protected]. Please note, all potential candidates will go through a review process.

Senior Pastor Search Committee

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

The Senior Pastor Search Committee is holding a joint Sharing & Prayer meeting Wed, Sep 8, 7:30pm in the sanctuary, to seek God’s will in our search for a Senior Pastor. Everyone is invited.

Not Alone

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

“O Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.” Psalm 98: 1,4

There was a bare-footed big-city drifter named George. He had wild hair and was wearing tattered pants and an over-sized, food-stained T-shirt.

One Sunday morning, as he wandered past a big, beautiful Church in the heart of the city, he decided to go in. The Church was full, and the sermon was about to begin.

George found no seat, and no one moved to try to make room for him. And so, having walked all the way to the front without finding a seat, he squatted down on the floor, in front of the pulpit. The people were incredulous, but did nothing. Then, the preacher noticed the Church’s elderly Deacon slowly making his way down the aisle toward George. There was a certain elegance about the well-dressed Deacon and, even though he was walking with a cane, he had a confident, authoritative air about him.

There were some whispers and some were heard to say: “Now, at last, someone is going to do something.”

It took a while for the old Deacon to reach the young man, and the Church was in breathless silence other than the click of the old man’s cane. The Deacon arrived at George’s spot and dropped his cane to the floor. Then, with great difficulty, he lowered himself to sit on the floor next to George, guaranteeing that for the rest of the service George would not sit alone.

The silence in the church was palpable. Embarrassment and discomfort, self-righteousness and self-protection gave way to shame and insight. Everyone was choked up with emotion. And when the preacher finally gained control, he said, “What I’m about to preach you may never remember. But what you have just seen, you will never forget.”

I keep coming back to this story, because it exemplifies what it means to be in Christ, to know Christ, to capture the spirit of Christ, to learn Christ. It is to realize that everyone is welcome and everyone is loved.

This elderly Deacon showed the way and because he did, others were reminded that no one is outside the love and grace of God and no one needs to be alone.

What about you? How you would you feel if you encountered the same situation? What would you do? What would Jesus do?