For the past few months, Valley has been working through the process of revitalizing the deacon ministry. We have actually given a fair amount of attention to a ministry that is designed in some ways to fly under the radar. This is because the word “deacon” literally means servant. The ministry of deacons is to serve in specific ways that benefit the people of the local church.
At Valley, the Elders have identified one of these largest needs being simply knowing and connecting with the people of each campus. Having three locations for worship all in one city makes it easy for anyone’s absence to go unnoticed and feel uncared for, which is the furthest thing from the truth.
Fortunately, the Lord has faithfully led Valley in this process which included the identifying and nominating of men qualified for this role and then on the first weekend of December, the appointment and affirmation of six new deacons who were added to a team that already included five.
In time and with training these deacons and their wives will become the welcoming and caring hands, feet and voice of Jesus to the many who already call Valley their church home as well as to the many people in our community that God is leading us to impact with the love of Jesus.
This is an exciting time in the life of the Valley. New leaders are stepping up to serve. Youth and children ministries are growing in size as well as depth and discipleship. Each week there are guests coming and engaging at Valley as they are being loved toward Jesus. God is being glorified as he works in us and through us, which is especially true of the deacon ministry.
All this sounds like what Paul writes, speaking of the reward for deacons, in 1 Timothy 3:13
“For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.”
It is this great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus that is increasing in so many live here at Valley! As God faithfully leads us, we eagerly anticipate seeing that confidence increase even more.