“For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:35-36
At Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church, your deacons volunteer in many ways to take care of the whole membership of the church, along with friends of the church. Each deacon is assigned a number of member/friend households to keep in touch with throughout the year.
We provide transportation; we provide food as needed, especially after a tragic event; we provide comfort and care; we send or give birthday, anniversary, thinking of you, condolence, thank you and encouragement in the form of cards, postcards, etc.; we call, especially those that may be confined to home or the hospital; we visit as we deem necessary; we are willing to clean, prepare food, sit and just listen as needed. We provide home communion as needed. We pray for everyone in the church.
We are a volunteer corps and no one is expected to do all these things, but many of the deacons are willing to do these and many more for the membership of the church and our church friends.
We do not provide money to anyone directly. If there is an urgent need, a member or friend of the church may request assistance and the board members must have a majority agree to the assistance. The fund for the deacons is totally from donations given for “Dollars for Deacons” each month. Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church does not have a budget line for Deacons, all funds are from donations.
The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.
A person may not simultaneously serve active terms both as elder and deacon.
Deacons may be individually commissioned or organized as a board of deacons. In either case, their ministry is under the supervision and authority of the session. Deacons may also be given special assignments in the congregation, such as caring for members in need, handling educational tasks, cultivating liberality in giving, collecting and disbursing monies to specific persons or causes, or overseeing the buildings and property of the congregation. Deacons shall assume other duties as may be delegated to them by the session, including assisting with the Lord’s Supper. (W‐3.3616). A congregation by a majority vote may choose not to utilize the ordered ministry of deacons. If the congregation has neither a board of deacons nor individually commissioned deacons, the function of this ordered ministry shall be the responsibility of the ruling elders and the session.
For more information, email Deacons