Jonathan K. Dodson

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Deacon Training – II (Practice of Deacons)

November 3, 2008

As we continue the process of developing deacons, our most recent meeting focused on The Practice of Deacons. A previous post lists resources for A Theology of Deacons, the focus of our first meeting. In attempting to work out the practice of deacons, we found it helpful to make a distinction between two areas of service—community and mission-focused deacons. There are two main areas of service community-focused and mission-focused service. Mission-focused deacons serve in ways that change over time. For

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Deacon Training – I

October 6, 2008

Tonight we had our first of three sessions on deacon training. I was moved by the number of quality of potential deacons sitting in our house. God has been so kind to Austin City Life! In preparation for training our deacons, I did the following: Studied the deacon passages of Scripture Read Alexander Strauch’s Ministers of Mercy and re-read Mark Driscoll’s A Book You’ll Actually on Church Leadership. Re-read Darrin Patrick’s notes on developing-elders-deacons-members. Read Bob Thune’s paper, Deacons: A

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5 Questions to Ask Deacons

January 27, 2014

We’re just finishing up our second round of Deacon interviews. I’ve been overwhelmed and the godly caliber of men and women who have gone through our training process and eagerly aspire to be lead servants in our church. As the elders interviewed each candidate, we asked them 5 main questions: 1. Based on the character qualifications of 1 Tim 3, where are you the weakest? We followed their answer up by asking for specific examples. We inquired how they are

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Deacon Installment

June 2, 2009

On Sunday, we installed the first deacons of Austin City Life, 5 months after they completed training! Church planting! We introduced them as lead servants in our church who have demonstrated a commitment to the character, theology, and service of deacon. It was a sweet time to reflect on the gospel growth in our church, and to celebrate our deacons commitment. As I introduced each person, I asked them the following question: “Do you pledge, by God’s grace, to serve

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Deacon Installment

June 2, 2009

On Sunday, we installed the first deacons of Austin City Life, 5 months after they completed training! We introduced our deacons as lead servants who have demonstrated a commitment to the character, theology, and service of deacon. It was a sweet time to reflect on the gospel growth in our church and to celebrate our deacons commitment. As I introduced each person, I asked them the following question: “Do you pledge, by God’s grace, to serve this church with the

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Deacon Interviews

February 6, 2009

I am finally getting around to some overdue Deacon candidate interviews. After three sessions of training (I, II, & III), I am meeting with each candidate. In preparation I am praying for each candidate, re-reading their reflection papers, and formulating candidate specific questions. During the interview I am looking for their understanding and commitment to Gospel, Community, and Mission. In general, I begin by catching up with them and asking them the following questions: Communion with God: Describe your walk

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Deacon Candidate Interview Questions

October 2, 2008

In preparation for our Fall Deacon Training, I found these interview questions from Tim Keller very helpful: Purity. Are you leading a sexually pure life? (What do you consider a sexually pure life?) Possessions. Do you understand the Biblical tithe to be for Christians of the giving to the Lord’s work? Are you giving out of your income in Biblical proportions, or are you moving toward that standard? Personal walk. Describe your prayer and devotional life. Has God been real to

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How We Develop Elders

January 21, 2014

One of the things I enjoy most about my job is discovering men whom God has called into ministry and developing them into godly shepherds and missional leaders. Currently, we are training three elder candidates and two church planting residents. What a privilege! As we develop elders, we don’t look for strong business or cultural leaders and them knight them for church leadership. Rather, we look for men who are already shepherding others through missional communities and invite them to

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Should Pastors Lead Missional Communties?

May 26, 2011

Should Pastors Lead Missional Communties? I recently responded to this question on the www.gcmcollective.com discussion threads (register free). Why Pastors Should Lead MCs The short answer is “Yes.” A pastor is an elder-shepherd who should be in regular pastoral contact with communities not just individuals in his church. If not, you are leading people to do something you have never done at a very foundational level of church. It’s not like leading a deacon to do A/V. This is the

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Top Posts of 2008

December 25, 2008

Tools for Missional Church Andy Stanley: Communicating for Change? Macarthur on Contextualization Deacon Training - I Why I Don’t Do Gas Buy-downs Qualifications for Elders and Pastoral Accountability Why Evangelism Methods Must Change Church Planting Manuals Reviewed Driscoll on Movements Church Planting on a 50/50 Gospel 5 Characteristics of a Missional Community

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