GMSBC Deacon Nomination Process

Our Nominating Committee is requesting your assessment of the potential Deacon’s qualifications in our evaluation process. As a Deacon of Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church, it is expected that all candidates meet the scriptural qualifications as listed in the Qualifications of a Deacon.

Notice that unlike the average job description the primary emphasis in 1 Timothy 3:1-12 {NIV} is on who the individual is not on what the individual does. A Deacon’s function of serving as a minister of mercy is only as effective as their character permits. In this sense character is primary and function is secondary.

Also, we realize that as imperfect people, our candidates are not yet “glorified,” although they are “being sanctified.”  However, these qualifications represent a level of Christian maturity that is reputable, exemplary, and customarily present.

It will be greatly appreciated if you take the time to prayerfully consider the following areas of the potential Deacon’s life.

Your fair and honest assessment is what really counts - so please prayerfully review and consider the criteria listed below.

Note: Deacon suggestions will be subject to willing participation, completion of the Deacon Candidate Application, successful completion of the Deacon Nomination Interview and recommendation process, and subject to Greater Mount Sinai Congregational Approval to proceed with the Deacon Training Curriculum and completion of the Ordination Process.

How to Submit Your Nomination

  1. Download and complete the form below.

  2. Submit your signed and dated form to the Church Office or to any member of the Deacon Selection Committee

    • Upon your completion of this assessment, you are asked to return it to us, after signing and dating it.

  3. Should you have any questions as you complete the form, please contact the church office or the Deacon Selection Committee.


 Thanks so much for your participation in this effort!

 GMSBC Senior Pastor

Dr. Major A. Stewart

GMSBC Deacon Selection Committee

1.      Deacon Vaughn Moore

2.      Deacon Douglas Walker

3.      Deacon Herbert Bellamy

4.      Deacon Parrish Green

5.      Deaconess Sharon Jackson

6.      Deaconess Joyce Watkins

Qualifications of a Deacon:

1 Timothy 3:1-12 New International Version (NIV)

Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons

1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

8 In the same way, deacons[b] are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

11 In the same way, the women[c] are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well.

"What are the responsibilities of deacons in the church?"

The pastors are to “preach the word…reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2), and deacons are to be appointed to take care of everything else. In the modern church, this might include taking on administrative or organizational tasks, ushering, being responsible for church facilities and other church roles as needed. It depends on the need and the gifts of the available men and women.

Duties of a Deacon

  • Serve and support the Pastor, church and community

  • Attend worship service regularly

  • Support the church financially (Tither)

  • Support the various church ministries and special days

  • Serve as a spiritual advisor, facilitate and develop ministries as needed

  • Serve communion in the church and serve communion outside the church to the elderly, sick that are unable to receive communion at the church

  • Attend church business meetings

  • Attend monthly deacon board meeting

  • Attend Joint Board meeting quarterly or when necessary such as special call meetings

  • Attend church business meetings semi-annually

  • Attend funerals to support bereaved church and family members

  • Serve as spiritual advisors to ministries throughout the church

  • Attend Bible study

  • Attend prayer meeting

  • Support Baptism Service on the 1st Sunday of the month or when needed

  • Serve communion at the both services on the 1st Sunday of the month