â€œFor I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.â€™â€™ Matthew 25:35 (NASB)
Members of the Deaconess Ministry work collaboratively with the deacons and other church ministries to render Christian service through fellowship, friendship and faith in the word of God. The deaconess ministry eagerly embraces their charge to â€œserveâ€ and to operate as â€œservant leadersâ€ as a privilege in serving God rather than a position of prominence.
Ministry members actively engage in serving our congregation and community with compassion, care and charity. Specific duties and responsibilities of deaconesses consist of assisting the deacons with setting up the communion trays and serving communion, preparing candidates for baptism, and visitations. Through their Ministry Mingler Movement mission, they work together to extend special care to our sick and shut-in members, new members and our deaconess emeritas through benevolent activities that include homebound visits and phone calls, sending greeting cards and other acts of kindness extended to our congregation and others. In addition, the deaconess ministry seeks to mentor and serve as Christian role models for the younger ladies in our church in their spiritual, social and personal development.
Although deaconesses work collectively as a ministry, they are involved in other church activities that extend to those yet to become members of the body of Jesus Christ as well as edify and promote kingdom building within the body of Christ. Their service extends to the Prison ministry, Prayer ministry, Missionary Society, Homeless ministry, Womenâ€™s ministry, Hospitality ministry, Music ministry, Church School, Partnering and Discipleship Development ministry and other ministries that foster spiritual development and Christian camaraderie.
As servant leaders, they also represent the church by participating in our local, state and national affiliations including: the Florida East Coast Baptist Association, the Florida General Baptist Convention, Inc., the Florida General Baptist Congress of Christian Education, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, and the American Baptist Churches of the South.