Training Deacon Candidates for Ministry at First Chinese Baptist Church of Walnut, California
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This project is designed to train deacon candidates for ministry at First Chinese Baptist Church of Walnut, California (FCBCW). The training process involves assessing and increasing the knowledge of deacon candidates in regard to the biblical qualifications and practice of deacon ministry. Included at the end of the initial training process, is a strategic plan for incorporating future deacons, as well as improving the structures of the candidacy process at FCBCW. Chapter 1 introduces the ministry context of FCBCW, along with the rationale, purpose, goals, research methodologies, definitions, and delimitations of the project. Chapter 2 provides the biblical and theological basis for deacon ministry. Foundational to the design of the training curriculum are two biblical passages: Acts 6:1-6 and 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Together, these passages serve as the basis for the qualifications and roles of deacons in the local church. Chapter 3 addresses the practice of deacons in light of Baptist church polity. Contrary to trends within nineteenth-and twentieth-century Baptist polity, deacons are to be exemplary servant leaders who function under the leadership of pastors. Chapter 4 details the curriculum and lesson plans. Chapter 5 concludes with an overall evaluation of the project, and suggestions for improvement and further development.