Established:  1910 Formation of the BethanyMissionary BaptistChurch

Purpose/Mission Statement:   The duties of the Deacons are to assist the Pastor in the spiritual oversight of the flock.  They shall visit the sick, seek the wandering, reclaim the delinquent, comfort the feeble-minded, encourage the faithful, watch over God’s heritage for good, defend the Gospel and because of Christ, be deficient in nothing if possible for the welfare of Zion(the Church).”

  • Assist the Pastor as needed, under the direction of the Chairman of the Deacon Ministry
  • Assist Deacon Ministry Chairman and Vice Chairman(s) as needed.
  • Demonstrate leadership in service, worship, and giving (tithes, offerings, fund drives, etc.).
  • Minister to the needs of our members, as directed by the Pastor and Board Chairman.
  • Accompany the Pastor when visiting other churches.
  • Support efforts of evangelism, including related outreach, and the New Members ministry.
  • Attend monthly ministry meeting with the Pastor (2nd Monday of each month).
  • Service as devotional leader/worship leaders as needed.
  • Assist with the observance of Baptism and Communion (including home visitations).
  • Assist with Christian education, including Sunday School, Weekly Bible Study,VacationBibleSchool, Pastor’s Bible classes, and Kids 4 The Kingdom.
  • Support the Fall and Spring Revivals, Annual Prayer Retreat, Annual Block Party, etc.
  • Support Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting.
  • Visiting sick and shut in members.
  • All other necessary duties as assigned.

Bethany Church has been continuously blessed with a number of most excellent men to serve on the Deacon Ministry.  They strived to serve the Bethany Church Community in a spiritually responsible way.  In the interim, after the tenure of the late Reverend James H. Saunders and before Pastor Alpheus L. Bright tenure began, the Deacon Ministry could be counted on to carry out the functions of the Church which helped keep the church together and moving in the direction of the Holy Spirit.  There is no group in the Church more honored and respected than the Deacon Ministry.  At the same time, there is no group in the Church that is more faithful in the discharge of their duties.

Under the current pastorate of Rev. Dr. Myron D. Barnes, Sr., Deacon Neal Stubbs serves as Chairman, assisted by Deacons Alfred Harris, Jr. and Anthony Brunswick, Sr., Vice-Chairmen.

 Scripture: Acts 6:3, 4Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report , full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.  But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”

Meeting Day/Time/ Location: The Deacon meets every Monday before 3rd Sunday at 7:00pm in the Conference Room

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