Deacon Training & Development

DeaconI’ve had a couple people ask what we do for Deacon Development, so I thought I’d post it for anyone to use. First, we believe that the Deacon (or elder) process is just a confirmation of what God has already done. Meaning our Deacons are already active in serving and running ministries prior to our beginning the process. I meet with a group of these servant leaders on a monthly basis and try to meet with them one-on-one throughout the month. In addition to this time, here is what we do:

1. I meet with Deacon candidates and we go through The New Testament Deacon: The Church’s Minister of Mercy with the accompanying The New Testament Deacon (Study Guide).

Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road

2. All Deacon candidates read Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road by Tim Keller.

Next, depending on the person (whether their strengths/weaknesses are Prophet, Priest or King) I recommend or work with diff’t aspects of who they are.

The above books (Ministers of Mercy & The New Testament Deacon provide a theological framework for the role of the Deacon. This means they will grow in their ‘head knowledge’ (Prophet) of the why we are called to serve, bring mercy, care for the poor, social justice and other causes. If a person is a Priest/King these books should provide a framework to accompany their love for people and ability to get things done.

If they are a strong Prophet/King I recommend books like The Heart of a Servant Leader: Letters from Jack Miller or Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire : What Happens When God’s Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People. These books are primarily aimed at working on the persons heart.

If they are a strong Prophet/Priest I work with them on systems and how to exercise dominion, books like The E-Myth, Visioneering : God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Personal Vision and Cawley just recommended Getting Things Done which I’m about to read. These books are primarily trying to help the candidate plan their way out of a paper bag. This link will take you to resources I suggest if they need to grow in areas of becoming church leaders who can ‘take a hill’.

  • David Apple

    January 26, 2007, 9:22 am

    Thanks for this page. You might want to check out MercyNet’s website, above, and my Mercy Ministry News,


  • Jack Tech

    August 19, 2008, 9:19 pm

    This is a good video about Deacon Training too. Has Jim Henry as the speaker. Worth sharing with others.

  • Bro Aristide Dixon sr

    July 4, 2012, 4:17 pm

    We are in the process of a Deacon / Deaconess workshop this fall and sure could use some insight,sug, direction as how to go about this we really need to somehow focus on our responsibility as deacon/deaconess.
    duties,meeting,Bible study,and most of all Church attenance on Sunday,some are lacking in these areas,i really a good starting point,to get this workshop off the ground, and what book do i need, if you can be of any help to us. Thanks and be Bless

  • David Apple

    December 3, 2014, 6:29 pm

    I just wanted to make you aware of a new resource for deacons and others, “Not Just a Soup Kitchen: How Mercy Ministry in the Local Church Transforms Us All.” It is published by CLC Publications. Blessings.