Deacon is an English word derived from the Greek word “diakonos,” which means “servant.” A deacon is considered a member of a local church’s leadership structure in different ways depending on the denomination, however all deacons are viewed as exemplars of the faith and serve their fellow church members by reading from the Bible or overseeing specific areas of service. If you are asked to write a letter of recommendation for a deacon candidate as part of your church’s ordination process, there are a few general things you should address.
Review passages of the Bible which discuss the requirements for deacons such as 1 Timothy 3:8-13 and Titus 1:5-9. Read any additional requirements for deacons as outlined by your denomination.
Make a list of ways that the deacon candidate meets these requirements. Consider carefully the personal and spiritual character of the person under consideration for deacon ordination and list evidence you have gained from firsthand experience. Find examples that demonstrate moral purity, thorough knowledge of Scripture and selfless acts of service to the church.
Write a letter to the church elders or ordination committee expressing these points. Be specific and structure your letter. Move through the requirements listed in 1Timothy 3:8-13, giving specific examples of how the candidate demonstrates the quality of being a dignified, honest speaker, for example. Include any concerns in areas where you have legitimate proof that the candidate falls short.
Provide your contact information including email address and phone number, as well as the best time to reach you should the elders or ordination committee have any follow up questions. Keep the contents of your letter private and only discuss it with the candidate and the elders or ordination committee.
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