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. 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.
In the Bible, specific qualities are listed as requirements to serve as a Deacon. Many of these qualities are found in I Timothy chapter 3, but can be summed up in a short list.