Deacon Training

Expectations of Faith and Victory Deacons (to be)

Deacon Training Meetings. TBD based on the schedule of the deacon class.  Once a month. Once we schedule the meetings I expect that everyone makes it unless you have a really good reason. Childcare will be provided.  Food will be provided.

Forming relationships with members and visitors of the church.  As an ongoing lifestyle.

You should be prepared for each class. That means coming with all material completed.

Be prepared to be called/texted/emailed randomly throughout the year to serve on a moments notice.  You are not expected to participate in all of these but you are expected to respond to the request (We understand you have other commitments.  We just need you to text/call/email us back and let us know)

Sunday/Wednesday/Events Attendance is encouraged as much as possible.  Ministry happens when we are church.  We need all our deacons at our services if possible.

Participation in the January fasting period.

Disciple one person using 3D Discipleship. If you don’t already have someone, we can find someone for you. Provide feedback once you are done.

You will be required to serve in 6 different ministries throughout the year in addition to the ministry you serve in full time.  By serve I mean volunteer one time.  You must do cleaning, AMC Host and greeting.  The other 3 you can choose any of the following: Landscaping Team, Sound Board, Slides Team, Streaming Team, Ushering, Youth Group, Experience Team, and Greeting.  You must contact the leader of each ministry and schedule yourself.  Please let them know you are a deacon in training (so they don’t count on you in the future).

For your information

Senior Pastors – Krachunis

Pastors – Sommers, Alexanders, Mugis, Amber, Ellis

Deacons – Motts, Maiorcas, Hammerquists, Stones, Burgans, Beardens, Batemans, Gustafsons, Livells, Eva Mugi, Michael Webster, Brian Brackett, Susan Cleveland

Deacon in Training Schedule

September– Intro to Deacondom

Preparation for class:

  • Review Sermon: What is your worldview?
  • Read Bible Verses: Genesis 3:6-19, Romans 3:9-10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, 1 John 3:8, Galatians 3:1-14, Ephesians 2:8

In this class:

  • Teach the Class OIL (Occupations – Interpersonal Activities – Leisure Activities)
  • Discuss how you came to know Jesus
  • Discuss why you wanted to become a Deacon
  • Doctrinal Study:
    • How did you come to faith in Christ?
    • What sin/sins has God saved you from?
    • Why is it so important to share the gospel?
    • Who have you shared the gospel with?

Homework:

  • Ministry: Pick and serve in your 1st ministry

October – It’s not about You

Preparation for class:

  • Review Sermon: The Gospel of The Kingdom
  • Read Bible Verses: II Timothy 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Psalm 119:89, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Revelation 22:18-19, Luke 1:1-4, Exodus 24:4, 2 Peter 1:21
  • Use Oil to setup an intentional meeting with a new person from church.

In this class:

  • Class plans and hosts the Pastor/Deacon Christmas Party at church. You will need to work with Pastor Shelly to accomplish this. Begin planning NOW!
  • Doctrinal Study
    • How often do you read the Bible?
    • What is your favorite Bible story, book of the Bible or section of scripture and why?
    • What has reading your Bible done for your faith?

Ministry Review: 

  • What ministry do you serve in this month? 
  • Did you like it why/why not? 
  • What did you learn? 
  • Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?

November – Deacons need to communicate

Preparation for class:

  • Review Sermon: The Weight of Accountability
  • Read Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:29, Proverbs 16:28, Proverbs 6:16-19, Psalm 101:5, Exodus 23:1, 2 Timothy 3:16, Gal. 6:1-2, Matthew 18:15, Ephesians 4:3

In this class:

  • How did intentional meeting/meetings go?
  • Doctrinal Study: 
    • Describe a time when you struggled with strife, division, gossip, backbiting, and/or tattling. 
    • Describe a time where you were the victim of strife, division, gossip, backbiting, and/or tattling. 
    • How do we address people that are preaching against what the church believes? 
    • How do we address people who are undermine the pastors and leadership of the church?

Homework:

  • Call (not text or talk with) every pastor and deacon in training (your classmates) of your same gender this month.  Find out something new about them.  Give them an encouraging word.  Phone numbers will be provided if you need them.
  • Share a Sermon: Share the Sunday and Wednesday sermon by text message or on social media.
  • Ministry: Pick and serve in your 2nd ministry

Extra Credit:

  • Tweet or post on Facebook as the sermon is going on.  Make sure to use #FVCLive in your posts/tweets

December – Jesus and Church First Living

Preparation for class:

  • Review Sermon: The Holy Spirit Is A Big Deal
  • Read Bible Verses: Philippians 2:6, Matthew 3:16-17, John 1:1, John 1:14, John 1:18, John 10:30, John 14:28, John 15:26 John 16:28
  • Examine your life.  What is keeping you from living for Jesus above all else?  Write two things down and bring them to class.

In this class:

  • How did intentional meeting/meetings go?
  • Doctrinal Study: 
    • What is the Trinity? 
    • What is your relationship with God? 
    • What is your relationship with Jesus? 
    • What is your relationship with the Holy Spirit?

Ministry review:

  • What ministry did you serve in this month? 
  • Did you like it why/why not? 
  • What did you learn? 
  • Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?

Homework:

  • Serve at the Christmas Eve Service.

January – Time for Tithing and Fasting

Preparation for class:

  • Review Sermon: You Mite Not Give Enough
  • Read Bible Verses: Deuteronomy 26:12–15, Leviticus 27:30, Numbers 18:20-32, Malachi 3:7-12, Hebrews 7:5–9, Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42

In this class:

  • How did intentional meeting/meetings go?
  • Doctrinal Study:
    • What does tithing mean? 
    • Why do we tithe? 
    • Do you tithe? 
    • What blessings have you received from being a faithful tither?

Homework:

  • Participate in communal fast with the church: You choose how.
  • Ministry: Pick and serve in your 3rd ministry

FYI – I will run a “tithe check” before I make you a deacon. Members have anonymity when it comes to tithing. Leaders do not. I don’t care how much you give … I care that you give.

February – It’s Time for You to Serve

Preparation for class:

  • Review Sermon: Be About It
  • Read Bible Verses: John 10:10, Matthew 7:11, 1 Peter 5:8, Romans 8:28, 2 Corinthians 12:10, James 1:12, Exodus 16:26, James 1:2, 2 Chronicles 1:11-12, Acts 9:17-19
  • You should be signed up and be involved in a ministry in a MAJOR way.  You should own/live your ministry.

In this class:

  • How did intentional meeting/meetings go?
  • Doctrinal Study: 
    • How does God bless me? 
    • Describe a time when God blessed you even when you didn’t deserve it? 
    • How can we still praise God while in pain?
  • Halfway Checkup: 
    • How are you doing?
    • Is the deacon program overwhelming?
    • Do you need help?

Ministry review:

  • What ministry did you serve in this month? 
  • Did you like it why/why not? 
  • What did you learn? 
  • Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?

March – Seek to Fulfill Your Role in Your Family

Preparation for class:

In this class:

  • How did intentional meeting/meetings go?
  • Call list given out. See Pastor Shelly.
  • Doctrinal Study: 
    • Have you been baptized? 
    • Why did you get baptized? 
    • What does communion mean to you? 
    • Why do we take communion as a church body?

Homework:

  • Examine the spiritual role you play in your family (if you are single look to mom/dad or siblings). 
    • Are you helping lead them in a way that promotes Christ? 
    • Are there things that you could do to more show the love that Christ has for us? 
    • Think and pray about a selfless act you could do that could benefit the family in some way. 
  • Ministry: Pick and serve in your 4th ministry

April –  Have a heart for the lost.

Preparation for class:

  • Review Sermons: You Can Be Healed
  • Read Bible Verses: Mark 16:18, James 5:14-20, 1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:4-5
  • Invite someone currently not attending any church in person to attend Faith and Victory Church.  Bring the name of the person you invited to the meeting.

In this class:

  • How did intentional meeting/meetings and call list go?
  • Doctrinal Study:  
    • What is divine healing?
    • Have you ever been healed or seen anyone healed at a church service? 
    • Have you ever prayed for anyone to be healed? 
    • Why does God ask us to pray for people to be healed? 
    • Why does God not heal some people?

Ministry review:

  • What ministry did you serve in this month? 
  • Did you like it why/why not? 
  • What did you learn? 
  • Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?

Homework:

  • Become an unofficial greater of Faith and Victory Church.  Don’t try and talk to the people you know at Sunday and Wednesday services.  Seek out new people and those people you have seen but can’t name.  Find out their story and why they are attending church.

May – Examine your life

Preparation for class:

  • Review Sermon: Voice Of Truth
  • Read Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians Chapter 12, I Corinthians 13:2, I Corinthians 14:1-6, I Corinthians 14:24-30,  1 Thessalonians 5:19-21, 1 John 4:1, Acts 15:32

In this class:

  • How did intentional meeting/meetings and call list go?
  • Doctrinal Study:
    • Have you heard a prophet speak before? 
    • How do you feel about prophecy?
    • How does Faith and Victory Church deal with prophecy?

Homework:

  • Meet with Pastor Todd or Pastor Shelly.  and bring the three weakest spots of your faith.  Also bring the three strongest things about your faith.  Be prepared to hear additional feedback.  Be prepared to have an honest discussion about where you are as a deacon and what you need to work on.  Try not to be defensive and rather accept the honest feedback and change your life.  Please pray about this meeting.
  • In additional to weak and strong points examine your life for general business.  The life of a deacon is one that is God and Church centered.  Are there things that you are doing that’s sucking up all your time so you are unable to serve and meet people?  Do you need to drop some things in your life?
  • Ministry: Pick and serve in your 5th ministry

June – Support the Leadership

Preparation for class:

  • Review Sermon: The Sound of Silence
  • Read Bible Verses: Hebrews 13:7, Hebrews 13:17; I Thessalonians 5:12, 1 Peter 5:1-4, 1 Timothy 3:3, Matthew 28;18, 2 Corinthians 5:19, Romans 13:1, Mark 10:42-45

In this class:

  • How did intentional meeting/meetings and call list go?
  • Doctrinal Study:
    • Why does God have pastors? 
    • What are my thoughts on Pastoral Authority?
    • Am I submitted to the leadership of FVC?

Ministry review:

  • What ministry did you serve in this month? 
  • Did you like it why/why not? 
  • What did you learn? 
  • Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?

Homework:

  • Meet in person with one of the Deacons or Pastors at Faith and Victory Church (same gender) (not Krachunis Family or Pastor Todd or Pastor Shelly).  Buy them lunch or coffee.   Start by encouraging them.  Tell them the effect they have had on your life and why you chose them.  Ask them for feedback about your maturity as a person and a Christian.  Ask them how they feel you can best serve them at FVC. You will want to let them know the topics of conversation before you go so they have time to think about it.

July – Discipleship

Preparation for class:

  • Review Sermon:  God’s View on the Gifts
  • Review Sermon: The Seat No One Sits In
  • Review Read Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians Chapters 12 – 14, Mark 16:17, Romans 8:26,  Acts 2:4,  Acts 2:11, Acts 10:46,  Acts 19:6

In this class:

  • How did intentional meeting/meetings and call list go?
  • How has the discipleship process going? Do you feel comfortable having the person you discipled disciple someone else? What feedback do you have about the discipleship book?
  • Lead App/CCB (possibly Aubrey)
  • Doctrinal Study: 
    • What is speaking in tongues and how does it work? 
    • Do you speak in tongues? 
    • Do you feel comfortable around people that speak in tongues?

Homework:

  • Ministry: Pick and serve in your 6th ministry

August – Deacon Process Review/Party

Preparation for class:

  • Please prepare your three favorite things about the deacon class and three areas that it could improve.

In this class:

  • Pastor Todd takes the deacons to brunch
  • Schedule a Meeting with Pastor Matt or Pastor Crystal to discuss being ordained as a deacon.

Ministry review:

  • What ministry did you serve in? 
  • Did you like it why/why not?  What did you learn? 
  • Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?

Homework:

  • Schedule Ordination