Hey all I’m looking for some resource recommendations. We installed our first deacons almost two years ago and believe their primary focus should be helping to organize mercy ministry for practical needs in the church.
We’ve been using Strauch’s book on Deacons (subtitle: “Minster of Mercy”) as the backbone of our deacon training. I got on Amazon the other day to order some more since, praise God, we have some more Deacon candidates. But it looks like there’s an updated version that’s called Paul’s Vision for the Deacons: Assisting the Elders with the Care of God’s Church. Looking at the TOC and first few pages, it looks like he’s changed it from a mercy-driven ministry that assists the pastors (which I agree with based on an assumption that the men in Acts 6 are proto-deacons) to an “assistant to the pastor” ministry (without the necessary mercy component).
Are there any resources anyone would recommend for deacon training? I’ll probably pick up the updated Strauch book just to check out.