Deacons serve in a myriad of important ministry roles, including encouragement, prayer, visitation, pastoral care and practical help in areas related to serving the church body and community.
First Baptist Cleveland is Jesus-ruled and Bible-governed. The church is Pastor/Staff-led, Deacon-served, lay team operated and congregationally approved. The church is member-gifted and ministerially focused on fulfilling the Great Commission. Servant leadership is the primary purpose of a Deacon at First Baptist Cleveland.
The Bible requires deacons to demonstrate certain qualities; respect, integrity, self-control, generosity, spiritual maturity, husband of one wife, household leader, etc. (1 Timothy 3, Titus 1) Deacons are also expected to be members of the church, and have a history of serving and giving to the church.