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"Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers, but temperate and trustworthy in everything."
- 1 Timothy 3:8-12

  • The Trustee must be chosen from “among you” (Acts 6:3), a lay member of the

    local congregation for at least 1 year.

  • The Trustee must be of good reputation, “of honest report” (Acts 6:3, KJV). The

    confidence and trust of the congregation and community are essential.

  • The Trustee is in a spiritual ministry, “full of the Spirit” (Acts 6:3), according to Acts 2:4, and continuing to be “filled” (Ephesians 5:18).

  • The Trustee is required to make decisions in practical and temporal matters as well as giving support to the pastor in spiritual matters, so sound direction and wise counsel need “wisdom” (Acts 6:3).

  • The Trustee must be willing to be involved in the work of God through the

    church; the deacon is to “serve” (Acts 6:2, KJV).

  • The Trustee is to be “sincere” (1 Timothy 3:8), i.e., steadfast and serious.

  • The Trustee is “not double-tongued” (1 Timothy 3:8, KJV), i.e., must be as good as one’s word, dependable.

  • The Trustee is “not indulging in much wine” (1 Timothy 3:8), but is temperate,

    not depending on physical stimulants.

  • The Trustee is “not pursuing dishonest gain” (1 Timothy 3:8), but faithful with

    the tithe, generous, and not motivated by money.

  • The Trustee is proper in doctrine, keeping “hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience” (1 Timothy 3:9), fully subscribing to the tenets of faith of the Assemblies of God.

  • The Trustee is a mature believer, “and let these also first be proved” (1 Timothy

    3:10, KJV).

  • The Trustee has not experienced matrimonial mix-ups but is in a faithful, monogamous marriage (1 Timothy 3:12).

  • Trustees lead their homes in Christ, “ruling their children and their own houses well” (1 Timothy 3:12).

  • Spouses of Trustees must be an example of the Christian life, “not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything” (1 Timothy 3:11).

  • Trustees may either male or female. 

  • Trustees must have proven over time that they are faithful and that their walk is credible. A suggested guideline for eligibility is that a person will have been a member of Central Baptist Missionary Church for at least one year.

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