RISING STAR BAPTIST CHURCH DEACONS MINISTRY

Under the able leadership of Pastor Kevin Edwards and our Chairman of Deacons, Cecil Edwards; we are serving in the excellence of Spirit and striving to meet the ever-growing needs of the church and its attendant ministries. 
 
Mission Statement:
Our goal is to be the most responsible, effective and respected ministry at Rising Star. To take ownership in supporting our churches mission, “We are the voice and the hand that encourages people to change their lives with hope, comfort and peace.”
 
Deacons Ministry Vision:
To minister to the body of Christ and assist the pastor with the work of the ministry related to the congregational care. This group of men; appointed by the Pastor follows up with the sick and shut-in members and prays for and with church members who are experiencing hardships. Additionally, the deacons assist with the Holy Communion on first Sundays. Participation in this ministry is available to persons who are invited to serve as a Deacon of the church. 
 
Commitment:
As a Deacon of Rising Star we care committed to the following core values:
  • FAITHFULNESS
      • Prayer and Fasting
      • Must be totally Committed and Loyal to Pastor Edwards and the Deacon’s Ministry!
      • Influencing generations by the power of our vision and by modeling the way
      • Dedicated to my assignments with at least 80% participation (i.e. Wednesdays, Sundays and Church events)
      • Encouraging personal growth by developing and empowering from within
      • Capitalizing on our strength of ethnic diversity and teamwork
      • Leaving a legacy of hope and promise to future deacons
      • Operate in the ministry professionally and efficiently
      • Supporting the Pastor’s initiatives; physically and financially
  • ACCOUNTABILITY
      • Being accountable for our every word and action
      • Being a role model in the way we serve in everything we do
      • Treating each other with dignity and respect
      • Support Rising Star Ministries to achieve their potential
  • TEACHABLE
      • Provide the best servant leadership program(s)
      • Increase communication and information
      • Have competent, responsible people; building a strong team
      • Improving the ministry by improving ourselves
Scriptural Reference:
1 Corinthians 15:58 – “be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.”
 
Ordained Deacons:
Over 2000 years ago, the Holy Spirit spoke a word to His Holy Apostles and told them how to order, organize and ordain the Early Church. The Word that the Holy Spirit spoke in the Third Chapter and Tenth verse of the Book of Acts was the word – Deacon. For, indeed one of the offices that were instituted by the Holy Spirit and revered within the Early Church was the Office of the Deacon. Ordained Deacons serve in the Communion service, Baptismal service, weddings, funerals and ordination services. Also, serves in sensitive areas within the church. Marriage is a requirement.
 
Deacons In Training:
Deacons in training are Deaconate candidates who are trained and tested to fulfill the functions of a Deacon within the church. Marriage is a requirement. 
 
Activities And Fellowships:
  • Annual Christmas Dinner
  • Deacons’ monthly meeting every 1st Tuesday