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Growing in Ministry

The Mandarin Family works together to guide people into a growing relationship with Jesus. We carry out our mission through five core practices that we refer to as our ABC’s:

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Adore God
Belong to Each Other
Care for Our World
Disciple Intentionally
Evangelize Authentically

In order for us to carry out our mission and core practices, our elders see the need to appoint deacons. The qualities of deacons are spoken of by Paul in I Timothy 3:8-13. While it’s not possible to be perfect in all the qualities Paul mentions, this passage helps us identify the overall character of the man God is looking for in a deacon. The task of deacon is not about a title, it’s about service. It’s sometimes about ‘grunt work.’ It’s work, often done behind the scenes with little recognition or reward, but it’s the kind of work honored by God (Mark 10:43-45).

Today, you have the opportunity to nominate men to serve as deacons for the Mandarin Family. A nomination form is included in this bulletin. You are free to nominate as few or as many men as you wish who you believe meet the qualities spoken of in I Timothy 3. You can be especially helpful in this nominating process by suggesting an area of our core practices where you think your nominee could be especially helpful. Signed nomination forms can be placed in the prayer box in the back of the auditorium. The deadline for submitting nominations is May 12. If you have any questions, feel free to speak with any of our elders.

Mike Johnson

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