Being a deacon, one of the toughest jobs in the church


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (KT) – After pastors, deacons may have one of the most challenging servant positions in the church.

Southern Baptist deacons are the greeters and the comforters. The fixers and the tough decision makers. And above all, deacons are expected to be Christ-like as they help the church grow and carry out its mission to share the gospel.

To help navigate all the volunteer position entails, both in public and private life, the Kentucky Baptist Convention is presenting Being a Biblical Deacon in Bowling Green on April 21.

“Serving Christ’s bride as a deacon is an honor that comes with great responsibility,” said Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

Speaking from his own experience, Chitwood said he’s thankful for the deacons who decided to visit his home, an old rented house on Provins Street in Jellico, Tenn.

“My father was raising three sons on his own,” Chitwood said. “A couple of deacons from First Baptist Church came by to invite our family to worship. I’m not sure what those men were thinking since, other than trouble, we didn’t have much to offer the church. But they knew they had much to offer us in a loving church family that ministered to us in our brokenness and helped my father give the guidance that boys need.”

Chitwood’s story is probably like many Christians living in small towns across the state where someone, usually a deacon, took the time to visit them at home and extend an invitation to church. A simple gesture that started them on a course to salvation.

Joining Chitwood as speakers at Eastwood Baptist Church for the one-day conference are Travis Farris, senior pastor of Walnut Memorial Baptist Church in Owensboro, Eastwood Lead Pastor Tom James and Curtis Woods, KBC’s associate executive director for convention relations.

Topics will include the roles and responsibilities of a deacon, biblical requirements for the position, expectations in the private lives of deacons, and a description of what a deacon is not.

All pastors and deacons are welcome. The cost is $10 and includes lunch. To register, go to


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