Deacons care for the physical needs of the church (Acts 6:1). The word deacon means minister or servant, and was first used in the early church in accordance with waiting tables, or literally "deaconing tables" (Acts 6:2). At that time in the early church, some of the Christians "were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food." The word, deacon, means minister or servant. It was used of table-waiters at the time or of various types of service, usually either physical or financial. This is the first aspect of the deaconate - meeting physical needs.
The Deacon ministry of FBCA is centered on Scripture and seeks to cultivate unity in this Body of Christ. In Acts 6:3, the Apostles acknowledged that caring for physical needs was a responsibility of the church, and the deaconate was appointed so that the apostles/elders could focus on their main obligations of preaching and teaching the Word of God.
Each member of First Baptist Church of Alexandria is assigned a specific deacon. This deacon joins the pastor and church staff in ministering to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of each church member and family. Prayer
Deacons join with the pastors and other deacons to pray for each member and family.
Deacons will visit when members are hospitalized or encounter death and sorrow.
Deacons seek to celebrate and encourage Christians in their walk with Christ.
Deacons rejoice that the friends of God can become friends of one another. The Diaconate seek to become friends to the friendless and work to build intentional relationships with the members of FBCA.