In this fellowship, "there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female, for all of us are one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). Therefore, we reject any status in this fellowship in terms of church office, possessions, education, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental ability, physical ability, or other distinctions.
Deacons at Oakhurst are chosen by the members of the church for their
pastoral abilities and are ordained to serve as lay ministers. Ordination
does not confer special privileges, but, rather, signifies that these
deacons have been selected for their capacity and willingness
to assume the role of a servant.
Deacons are committed to the nurture, care, and service of the members of the church, and they seek to promote understanding and unity among all persons and groups. Their roles embrace the areas of pastoral care, church ordinances and polity, new member and visitor orientation, and weekly service duties. The ministry of the deacons includes the following:
- planning and undertaking projects and activities that will express the deacons’ ministry of servanthood
- providing for the observance of communion
- assisting candidates in the ordinance of baptism
- receiving the offerings during the worship services
- leading in welcoming visitors
- orienting new, continuing, and prospective members and friends to all facets of our church community.
- administering the benevolent fund
- gathering each Sunday morning to organize duties and pray for the service
- receiving requests for ordination to the ministry and recommending candidates to the church for that process
- offering assistance to those in need—providing transportation, making phone calls, running errands, etc.
- praying for church members
- offering their full presence in listening and supporting
- caring for approximately twelve family units each—being in touch and helping or responding at critical times
A deacon serves as the Lay Minister of the Week and is on call Sunday through Saturday to supplement the pastoral care provided by Oakhurst’s staff ministers. Their role involves activities such as these:
- contacting any known sick and troubled members
- responding to emergencies and crises in the absence of the pastors
- updating the church office on the condition of the people who have been visited or called and relaying any needs or requests to the church staff
- leading the congregation in the offertory sentences and prayers of dedication during Sunday worship services
- leading the members during Wednesday prayer services in remembering those who have joys or concerns