For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.Romans 12: 4 – 8 ESV
Oakville Church, like all Presbyterian churches, is a representative democracy. The word “Presbyterian” actually comes from the Greek word presbuteros, which means “elder.” We are governed by “Ruling Elders” who are democratically chosen from and by the entire congregation.
The Ruling Elders, along with the Teaching Elder (Pastor) make up the church’s governing body, which is called the Session (which is like a Board of Directors). Our Session oversees the day-to-day work of the church and supervises the Deacons. The Ruling Elders serve a three-year term and are not eligible to serve another term until they have been off Session for at least one year.
The Book of Order of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church is our guide in how we organize and govern ourselves.
The origin of “deacon” is the Greek word, diakonos, “servant.” “The office of Deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, concern for needs, and of serving others.” (EPC Book of Order 9-12)
At Oakville Presbyterian Church, we have an elected Board of Deacons who minister with compassion to anyone in need, whether they are members of the church, visitors, neighbors, or other members of the community.
Our Deacons are involved in a wide range of activities. Some of those activities are: organize food baskets for needy families during the holidays, arrange for gifts for those in need with the Christmas Giving Tree, arrange for meals for those undergoing treatments, and host the monthly Senior Lunch. Deacons also receive requests for emergency short-term financial support that are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Of course, one does not need to be a Deacon to help in these activities. It is the call of all Christians to help those in need. If you would like to serve in these areas, contact the church office.