Deacons

Deacons

Deacon In Training syllabus 2022

Email Pastor Jared Leversee at Jared.Leversee@gmail.com and/or

Pastor Elizabeth Leversee at eleversee@careprohs.com

Deacons Training Outline

Expectations of Christian Life Church Deacons in training

  • Deacon in Training Meeting Attendance.  You are allowed to miss and makeup ONE class (unless you have a really good reason).  Plan ahead to be at these meetings.  Childcare will be provided. The class dates for the 2022 training are:
    • Sunday, January 9th, 2022. 12:15-2:15PM — Intro to Deaconship
    • Sunday, February 13th, 2022. 12:15-2:15PM — It’s Not About You
    • Sunday, March 13th, 2022. 12:15-2:15PM — Deacons Need to Communicate
    • Sunday, April 10th, 2022. 12:15-2:15PM — Jesus First and Church First Living
    • Sunday, May 15th, 2022. 12:15-2:15PM — Lead Them to the Cross
    • Sunday, June 12th, 2022. 12:15-2:15PM — It’s Time for You to Serve
    • Sunday, July 10th, 2022. 12:15-2:15PM — Seek to Fulfill Your Role in Your Family
    • Sunday, August 14th, 2022. 12:15-2:15PM — Have a Heart for the Lost
    • Sunday, September 11th, 2022. 12:15-2:15PM — Examine Your Life
    • Sunday, October 9th, 2022. 12:15-2:15PM — Support the Pastors
    • Sunday, November 13th, 2022. 12:15-2:15PM — Multiply Your Influence
    • Sunday, January 1st, 2023 7:30-9:15AM — Deacon Process Review and Graduation
  • Deacons in training are expected to continually be forming relationships with members and visitors of the church as an ongoing lifestyle.
  • Deacons in training are expected to answer all doctrinal study, ministry review, and book review questions in written form (email preferred).  They are due by the Monday prior to the next meeting.  They can be handwritten, typed, printed or emailed to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth.  They should reflect the serious study you put into the topic that was assigned. If you are married and your spouse is in this class, all homework should be completed individually and not worked on together. Homework is required.
  • Deacons in training are required to be in a discipleship relationship as a discipler, going through Foundations One (1 on 1, not a group setting).
  • Deacons in training should be prepared to be called/texted/emailed randomly throughout the year to serve on a moment’s notice.  You are not expected to participate in all of these, but you are expected to respond to the requests (we understand you have other commitments, we just need you to text/call/email us back and let us know). You will be the pillars that hold CLC up!
  • Deacons in training are encouraged to attend Sunday and Wednesday services and events as much as possible, especially Thrive Night for women and Men’s Fraternity for men.  Ministry happens when we are at church.  We need all our deacons at our services if possible.
  • Deacons in training are expected to participate in group fasting periods.
  • Deacons in training are expected to tithe and to fulfil their Mission Faith Pledges faithfully. CLC does not check the tithe records or MFP records of most church members, but we do for our pastors, elders, deacons and deacons in training.
  • You must have a Facebook account and join the Deacon Class Page on Facebook.  You need to get in the habit of checking the deacon class page and responding to posts as needed. If you do not have a Facebook you can sign up for free.
  • Deacons in training are expected to have a social media presence free of alcohol, immodest photos, or posts that could be assumed as sinful. Deacons are the face of the Church (global) and church (local) and should present themselves as such.
  • Deacons in training are expected to read and finish the Armor Bearer Book and The Bait of Satan. You will have study questions throughout the year to answer and you will be required to do a devotional type video for the class page on something you learned from these books by the end of the year.
  • Deacons in training will be required to serve in our 5 main ministries throughout the year at least once. This is to help all our deacons be familiar with the different ministries of CLC. You must do Cleaning, Hospitality, Ushering, Greeting and Prayer Team each at least two times this year. You must be on time to the 9:15 ministry meeting each time you serve for it to count toward your service requirement.
  • Deacons in training class will be responsible for planning and executing the Passover Seder in April.

January 9th – Intro to Deaconship

Class Outline

  • Roll Call
  • Overview of Deacons Outline
  • Learn about OIL – Occupation, Interpersonal Relationships, Leisure Activities
    • Demonstrate OIL
    • Pair up and practice oil. Can’t choose a spouse… choose someone you don’t know well
  • Importance of Planning Center Services
  • Read Bible Verses:  Genesis 3:6-19, Romans 3:9-10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, 1 John 3:8, Galatians 3:1-14, Ephesians 2:8
    • Is anyone considered good in God’s eyes?
    • Can we save ourselves with good works? Why or why not?
      • Scale Example
    • Is there any other way to heaven other than Jesus?
  • Deacons in training exchange numbers (male to male, female to female)
  • Who is cooking/bringing lunch next month?
  • Question and Answer Time

Homework: DUe monday, February 7th, 2022

  • Women call women deacons in training, men call men deacons in training. (Everyone should talk to everyone this month).
  • Post in the Deacons Class Facebook page how you came to know Jesus
  • Watch/listen to the Sermon: What is Your Worldview? by Pastor Matt Krachunis
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Watch/listen to the Sermon: Cake Ain’t Green Bro by Pastor Christian Shields
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Sign up to serve in your 1st Ministry this month
  • Use OIL to setup an intentional meeting (outside of church) with a new person from church.
  • Read Bible Verses: 2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Psalm 119:89, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Revelation 22:18-19, Luke 1:1-4, Exodus 24:4, 2 Peter 1:21

Email Homework – Email the Answers to PASTOR JARED AND/OR PASTOR ELIZABETH

Doctrinal study

How often do you read the Bible?  What is your favorite Bible story, book of the Bible or section of Scripture and why?  What has reading your Bible done for your faith?

God’s armor bearer book study

Read the Forward and Chapter 1 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 1 then answer the following Questions:

  • The Old Testament describes the lives of several armor bearers and their leaders. The last armorbearer story is found in First Samuel 16:14-23
    • Who are those Scriptures referring to?
    • According to those Scriptures, name six characteristics that were found in this armorbearer.
    • What are the two Hebrew words that make up the word armorbearer?  What does each Hebrew word mean? (Hint, you will have to look this up! Use the internet, or Strong’s concordance. Ask classmates for help. If asked DON’T give away the answer, help them learn how to find the answer.)
    • From these two Hebrew words and using the analogy in Chapter 1, what was the overall duty of the armorbearer?

The Bait of Satan book study

Read Chapter 1 then answer the following questions:

  1. Offended people produce much fruit. Below is a list of the fruit of offense, which feelings have you experienced when offended in the past?
    1. Hurt
    1. Jealousy
    1. Anger
    1. Outrage
    1. Envy
    1. Resentment
  2. Many people are unable to function properly in God’s purpose and calling for their lives because of the wounds, hurts, and offenses in their lives. They are handicapped and hindered from fulling their potential. Most often, hurt from a fellow believer causes them to say with David “For it is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me— then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng. (Psalms 55:12-14 ESV). In a few sentences, talk about a time when you were offended by a fellow believer and what fruit that produced in your life and walk with Christ. If you have never been offended by a believer, explain that and how you managed to get this far without offense.
  3. Pure gold is refined in fire (Revelation 3:18. When gold is mixed with other metals, it becomes hard, less pliable, and more corrosive. As it goes through fire, the other metals (dross) are burned away, and the gold becomes pure and pliable. The same is true of our hearts, the more our hearts are hardened by pride and sin as we hold on to offenses, the more resistant to God we become. God desires to purify our hearts. Read 1 Peter 1:6-7… based on these scriptures and what you have read in this chapter, how does God purify us?
  4. Think about your own life. What are the impurities in your heart that are hindering the character of god from growing in your life?

Homework checklist

  • Called every same gendered deacon in training
  • Posted on Deacon/Deaconess FB how I came to know Jesus
  • Watched and commented on Sermon: What is Your Worldview?
  • Watched and commented on Sermon: Cake Ain’t Green Bro
  • Signed up for 1st Ministry
  • Served in 1st Ministry
  • Set up a meeting outside of church with an intentional relationship.
  • Read Bible Verses
  • Emailed Doctrinal Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed God’s Armor Bearer Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed The Bait of Satan Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Am I cooking lunch for next month? If so who is on my lunch team?
    • ________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________

February 13th – It’s Not About You

Class Outline

  • Roll Call (Did you make your phone calls, do you do your first Ministry, Ministry feedback)
  • Why is reading the Bible so important?
    • Short history of the Bible
  • Reading the Bible temperature test.
  • What does “Cake ain’t green bro” mean?
  • Is it possible to get to heaven without being saved?
  • Why is it so important to meet with people?
  • Make it known: You will be held accountable for meeting with someone.
  • Reading overview.
  • Who is cooking lunch next month?
  • Question and Answer Time.

Homework: DUe march 7th, 2022

  • Women call women deacons in training, men call men deacons in training. (Everyone should talk to everyone this month).
  • Meet with your intentional relationship for coffee/lunch/etc again.  If he/she can’t meet, meet with someone new.
  • Share a Sermon: Share a sermon that touched you on your personal Facebook page; when sharing write about why it was powerful to you.
  • Class to start planning Passover for April 15th
  • Watch/listen to the Sermon: The Weight of Accountability by Pastor Jay Alexander
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Extra Credit – Tweet or post on Facebook as the sermon is going on.  Make sure to use #CLCisThePlaceToBe in your posts/tweets.
  • 2nd Ministry Picked and Signed Up For
  • Read Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:29, Proverbs 16:28, Proverbs 6:16-19, Psalm 101:5, Exodus 23:1, 2 Timothy 3:16, Gal. 6:1-2, Matthew 18:15, Ephesians 4:3

Email Homework – Email the Answers to pastor jared and/or pastor elizabeth

Doctrinal study

  • Describe a time when you struggled with strife, division, gossip, backbiting, and/or tattling.  Describe a time where you were the victim of strife, division, gossip, backbiting, and/or tattling.  How do we address people that are preaching against what the church believes?  How do we address people who undermine the pastors and leadership of the church?

God’s armor bearer book study

Read Chapter 2 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 1

  1. To be an armorbearer, you must provide __________ for your leader.
    1. By his/her very presence, a true armorbearer will always display and produce an attitude of ____________ and ____________
    1. Why are the two attitudes from question 2 important if you are to be successful in service as an armorbearer?   
    1. To be an armorbearer, you must instinctively understand your leader’s _______________.
    1. TRUE or FALSE:
      1. I should complain to my pastor about our differences.
      1. I must not be in the right place if me and my pastor don’t think alike.
      1. It only took a day for the disciples to think like Jesus.
      1. God’s Spirit was eventually imparted into the disciples.
      1. After a period of time, your pastor’s spirit will come upon you.
      1. When your pastor’s spirit is upon you, you will think like he thinks.
    1. If there are times when you are troubled or confused about what your leader has asked you to do, then communication is a must. You have a right to approach your leader with a teachable and humble spirit, and simply ask the questions you need answers to. The following Scriptures will help keep your heart prepared for effective, respectful communications (even when you disagree). What do each of these verses mean to you?
      1. 1 Timothy 5:1
      1. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
    1. In order to be an armorbearer, you must have Romans 13:1-2 settled in your heart. What do these two verses mean to you?

The Bait of Satan book study

Read Chapter 2 and 3 of the Bait of Satan then answer the following questions:

  1. On a scale of 1 (very little) to 5 (very much), rate the following statements about your life:
    1. I expect much of others.
    1. I am easily disappointed.
    1. I love conditionally.
    1. I bless in order to be blessed.
  2. We often construct walls around ourselves when we are hurt in order to safeguard our hearts and prevent future wounds. Which attitudes below do you find in yourself. From within our walls we become:
    1. Selective about relationships
    1. Less open and vulnerable to others
    1. Closed to those we fear will hurt us
    1. Closed off to those who owe us something
    1. Open only to those we believe are on our side.
  3. Of the traits you exhibit, pray over them. What is Christ saying to you about those traits?
  4. Read Genesis 37-48. How do you evaluate Joseph’s words and actions? If you had been Joseph, how would you have responded?
  5. Read Genesis 45:5-8 and Psalm 105:16-17. List all the reasons why God sent Joseph through his trials.

Homework checklist

  • Called every same gendered deacon in training
  • Shared a sermon on personal FB Page
  • Met with intentional relationship outside of church a 2nd time.
  • Watched and commented on Sermon: The Weight of Accountability
  • Signed up for 2nd Ministry
  • Began planning April 12th Passover Dinner with class.
  • Read Bible Verses
  • Emailed Doctrinal Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed God’s Armor Bearer Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed The Bait of Satan Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Am I cooking lunch for next month? If so who is on my lunch team?
    • ________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________

March 13th –Deacons need to communicate

Class OutlinE

  • Roll Call (Did you make your Phone Calls, did you do your second Ministry, Ministry feedback)
  • Deacons are encouragers. It’s time to start encouraging!
  • Accountability (Everyone Answers Publicly):
    • Who did you meet with? Who did you talk with? Did you build a relationship?
  • The importance of social media fluency. (A godly approach to social media.)
  • The danger of strife, division, backbiting, and gossip.
    • How to be an armor bearer for Church leadership, especially when it comes to gossip.
      Don’t just sit in the background and let it happen!
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Who is cooking lunch next month?
  • Question and Answer Time.

Homework DUE APRIL 4TH, 2022

  • Examine your life.  What is keeping you from living for Jesus above all else?  Write two things down and
  • Start going through Foundations 1 with your intentional relationship. You should be working toward making them your disciple.
  • Women call women deacons in training, men call men deacons in training. (Everyone should talk to everyone this month).
  • Watch/listen to the Sermon: The Comfort of the Pair of Cleats by Pastor Matt Krachunis
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Read Bible Verses: Philippians 2:6, Matthew 3:16-17, John 1:1, John 1:14, John 1:18, John 10:30, John 14:28, John 15:26 John 16:28
  • Ministry Review:  What ministry did you serve in?  Did you like it why/why not?  What did you learn?  Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?

Email Homework – Email the Answers to pastor jared and/or pastor elizabeth

Doctrinal Study

  • What is the Trinity?  What is your relationship with God the Father?  What is your relationship with God the Son?  What is your relationship with God the Holy Spirit?

God’s armor bearer book study

Read Chapter 3 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 1 then answer the following questions:

  1. Read Judges 9:44-55. Tell in your own words the story of Abimelech and his armorbearer.
    1. Based on what you have already learned about an armorbearer, name the qualities that you find in Abimelech’s armorbearer.
    1. Read 1 Samuel 31:4-6 and 1 Chronicles 10:4-5. Tell the story of Saul and his armorbearer in your own words.
    1. Why wouldn’t Saul’s armorbearer thrust him with the sword?
    1. How did Saul’s armorbearer die and why did it happen?
    1. Read 1 Samuel 14:1-23. Tell the story in your own words.
    1. List three classic examples of humility and diligence that Jonathan’s armorbearer displayed.
    1. Big theology question: In 1 Samuel 26:9, David stated that he would not touch God’s anointed. Why did he say that? (Hint, you can look at other sources other than the book for more help on this one).

THE Bait of Satan book study

Read Chapter 4 of the Bait of Satan then answer the following questions:

  1. Carefully read the material under the heading “A Love-Hate Relationship.” From this material, what are all the ways David could have been tempted to take up an offense of Saul?
    1. Complete these sentences in regard to David and Saul:
      1. David treated Saul…
      1. Instead of revenge, David…
  2. Read 1 Samuel 24:11 and then complete these sentences:
    1. When someone attacks me, God wants me to…
    1. When someone rejects me, God wants me to…
  3. Read through the following list of King Saul’s crimes. For each one explain what you think Saul’s punishment for that crime would be if tried in an American court today.
    1. Saul murdered 85 innocent priests and their families.
    1. Saul, along with three thousand men in his command, attempted multiple times to murder David and his men.

Homework checklist

  • Wrote out “Examine your life” answer and prepared to bring it to class.
  • Called every Deacon (If a Deacon in Training) or Deaconess (if a Deaconess in training)
  • Watched and commented on Sermon: The Comfort of a Pair of Cleats
  • Completed 2nd Ministry
  • Started Foundations 1 with my intentional relationship (began discipling them)
  • On Track for April 15th Passover Dinner.
  • Read Bible Verses
  • Emailed Doctrinal Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed God’s Armor Bearer Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed The Bait of Satan Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Am I cooking lunch for next month? If so who is on my lunch team?
    • ________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________

April 10th – Jesus First & Church First Living

Class Outline

  • Roll Call (Did you make your phone calls)
  • What is a local church?
  • What is the global Church?
  • Can you fully follow Jesus without a local church?
  • Can you be a part of the global church without a local church?
  • Priority List Exercise
  • Discuss question 8 from last month’s homework: Big theology question: In 1 Samuel 26:9, David stated that he would not touch God’s anointed. Why did he say that? (Hint, you can look at other sources other than the book for more help on this one).
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Who is cooking lunch next month?
  • Question and Answer Time.

Homework: DUE may 9th, 2022

  • Watch/listen to the Sermon: You Mite Not Give Enough by Pastor Matt Krachunis
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Continue going through Foundations 1 with your disciple.
  • Women call women deacons in training, men call men deacons in training. (Everyone should talk to everyone this month).
  • Read Bible Verses: Deuteronomy 26:12–15, Leviticus 27:30, Numbers 18:20-32, Malachi 3:7-12, Hebrews 7:5–9, Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42
  • 3rd Ministry Picked

Email Homework – Email the Answers to pastor jared and/or pastor elizabeth

Doctrinal study

What does tithing mean?  Why do we tithe?  Do you tithe?  What blessings have you received from being a faithful tither?

god’s armor bearer book study

Read Chapter 4 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 1 then answer the following questions:

  1. There are significant differences between the armorbearers of the Old Testament and the armorbearers of the New Testament. Below are statements found in Chapter 4. At the end of each statement, answer whether it is TRUE or FALSE:
    1. In Old Testament days, the duty of an armorbearer was the number one priority.
    1. In New Testament days, the duty of an armorbearer is the number one priority.
    1. Although physical duties have changed, the attitude of the heart is the same.
    1. The position of an armorbearer is one that God calls for a short time.
    1. The armorbearer position is not a “stepping stone” position.
    1. You should always ask God if the current position is one He has chosen for you.
    1. A close personal relationship is not necessary to be a good armorbearer.
    1. As an armorbearer, you are called to serve a general of God’s army.
    1. An armorbearer’s purpose is to pull down strongholds for pastor, church, and city.
    1. Both with Old Testament and New Testament armorbearers, the main function is combat.
    1. In the Old Testament, armorbearer combat was physical; in the New Testament, combat is spiritual.
    1. There is no “Second Fiddle” position in the Body of Christ.
    1. New Testament armorbearing is a ministry of prayer, watchfulness, and intercession.
    1. Although the word armorbearer is not mentioned in the New Testament, we can see from the Scriptures that the attitude and spirit of an armorbearer is found throughout the pages of the New Covenant. Read the scriptures below. As a New Testament armorbearer, think about your life as you serve the leader God has placed you with. Write what these Scripture references mean to you.
      1. Matthew 18:1-4
      1. John 15:13
      1. Ephesians 6:5-6
      1. Philippians 2:3-9
      1. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
      1. 1 Peter 5:5 and 2:20

bait of satan book study

Read chapter 5 of the Bait of Satan then answer the following questions:

  1. Often when we fell pressure, we look for a word from God to bring relief. But God puts us in these very uncomfortable crucibles to mature, refine, and strengthen us – not to destroy us! Answer the following questions regarding God’s refining pressure as honestly as possible:
    1. Do you run from God’s refining pressure? Why or why not?
    1. Do you complain when under pressure? If so, why is that harmful? If not, how do you vent?
    1. Do you justify your sin while at the same time condemning sin in others?
    1. Do you expect spiritual leaders to be perfect when you yourself are not?
    1. Are you willing to listen to God and wait on His leading, even when under extreme pressure?
    1. Type/write out Isaiah 55:12 in your own words (do not copy and paste the verse, you will need to understand the CONTEXT of the verse to do this accurately).
  2. List all of the churches you went to in the last 10 years and why you left the church. This is a time to be honest and open up, you may need to receive healing for past hurts inflected by other churches, and you may need to receive freedom from the bait of Satan if you are carrying around offense.

Homework checklist

  • Called every Deacon (If a Deacon in Training) or Deaconess (if a Deaconess in training)
  • Watched and commented on Sermon: You Mite Not Give Enough
  • Signed up for 3rd ministry
  • Continued Foundations 1 with my disciple
  • Read Bible Verses
  • Emailed Doctrinal Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed God’s Armor Bearer Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed The Bait of Satan Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Am I cooking lunch for next month? If so who is on my lunch team?
    • ________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________

May 15th – Lead Them to the Cross

Class Outline

  • Roll Call (Did you make your Phone Calls, Did you do your third Ministry, Ministry feedback)
  • What is required for salvation?
  • What is commanded after salvation?
  • What are the pros and cons of the sinners prayer?
  • Learn to pray with someone for salvation.
  • Practice praying with a partner (not a spouse)
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Question and Answer Time.
  • Who is cooking lunch next month?
  • Question and Answer Time.

Homework: DUE June 6th, 2022

  • Everyone’s intentional relationship should be signed up for PCS and serving in a ministry by the next class.
  • Women call women deacons in training, men call men deacons in training. (Everyone should talk to everyone this month).
  • Every Deacon in training should be signed up and be involved in a ministry in a MAJOR way.  You should own/live your ministry.
  • Continue going through Foundations 1 with your disciple – if you are struggling with discipleship, please feel free to reach out to Pastor Jared, Pastor Elizabeth, Pastor Tina, or Pastor Mike
  • Listen to the Sermon: Ten Shekels and a Shirt by Pastor Paris Reidhead
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Read Bible Verses: John 10:10, Matthew 7:11, 1 Peter 5:8, Romans 8:28, 2 Corinthians 12:10, James 1:12, Exodus 16:26, James 1:2, 2 Chronicles 1:11-12, Acts 9:17-19
  • Halfway Checkup:  Meet with Pastor Jared or Pastor Elizabeth (Meet with the same sex) to discuss how the class is going. 15-30 minute meetings. You should be flexible to their schedules.
  • Ministry Review:  What ministry did you serve in?  Did you like it why/why not?  What did you learn?  Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?

Email Homework – Email the Answers to pastor jared and/or pastor elizabeth

Doctrinal Study

How does God bless me?  Describe a time when God blessed you even when you didn’t deserve it.  How can we still praise God while in pain?

God’s armor bearer book study

Read Chapter 5 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 1 then answer the following questions:

  1. According to chapter 5, there are truths that leaders must realize to see that his/her ministry belongs to God, not them. What are those truths?
    1. Fill in the blanks to list the four basic principles that every leader must look for in finding a “Joshua” for their ministry:
      1. _______ for God’s ____________-__________ people to come your way.
      1. Be willing to ___________ ___________ in the lives of your helpers.
      1. _____________ authority. (Remember: if you are going to give anyone _______________ in any area, then be big enough to give him/her the ____________ he/she needs to carry it out.)
      1. Look for the _________ of an ___________ in people.

THE Bait of Satan book study

Read Chapter 6 and 7 of The Bait of Satan and then answer the following questions:

  1. What are you learning about suffering and obedience right now while serving and attending Christian Life Church?
  2. How are you growing in your attitudes, thoughts and emotions to avoid taking up offense against others or God when you face suffering or are required to fulfill obedience?
  3. We need to learn that offense blocks spiritual growth, but suffering and obedience take us to a deeper relationship with the Lord and with others. How would you complete the following sentences:
    1. When I suffer, I respond…
    1. When I must obey, my attitude is…
  4. In your own words, what do each of the following verses say about judging and/or blaming others?
    1. Matthew 7:1-5
    1. Matthew 5:21-26
    1. Luke 6:36-37
    1. Romans 2:1-2
    1. Romans 12:17-21
    1. Romans 14:10-13
    1. James 4:11-12
    1. John 20:23
  5. When you read something in God’s word, or hear Him speak to you, something that contradicts a feeling, thought, or behavior… what is your immediate response?
  6. Which of the following worldly foundations are you most tempted to build upon and how do you counter those temptations?
                                         Money, Success, Power, Possessions, Security, People.

Homework checklist

  • Called every Deacon (If a Deacon in Training) or Deaconess (if a Deaconess in training)
  • Listening to and commented on Sermon: Ten Shekels and a Shirt
  • Completed Halfway Check Up
  • Completed 3rd ministry
  • Continued Foundations 1 with my disciple
  • Read Bible Verses
  • Emailed Doctrinal Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed God’s Armor Bearer Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed The Bait of Satan Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Am I cooking lunch for next month? If so who is on my lunch team?
    • ________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________



June 12th – It’s Time for You to Serve

Class Outline

  • Roll Call (Did you make your Phone Calls)
  • Why are we not immediately raptured when we are saved? Why must we continue to live in this world?
  • Did Jesus come to serve or be served?
  • Should we follow the example of Jesus?
  • What happens if the church is full of consumers and not servants?
  • What happens when the church is full of servants and not consumers?
  • Accountability time (everyone answers) where is your MAJOR ministry? How does it help in fulfilling the great commission?
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Who is cooking lunch next month?
  • Question and Answer Time.

Homework due july 4th, 2022

  • Examine the spiritual role you play in your family (if you are single look to mom/dad or siblings).  Are you helping lead them in a way that promotes Christ?  Are there things that you could do to more show the love that Christ has for us?  Think and pray about a selfless act you could do that could benefit the family in some way.  Write it down and bring it to class. Be prepared to share what you wrote with the class.
  • Start going through Foundations 2 with your disciple. Celebrate your completion of Foundations 1 together!
  • Women call women deacons in training, men call men deacons in training. (Everyone should talk to everyone this month).
  • Watch/listen to the Sermon: The Baptism of Jesus by Pastor Matt Krachunis
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Watch the Sermon: The Blood Covenant by Pastor Matt Krachunis
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Read Bible Verses: Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Acts 8:36-39, I Corinthians 11:23-31, Isaiah 53:5, Hebrews 9
  • 4th Ministry Picked

Email Homework – Email the Answers to pastor jared and/or pastor elizabeth

Doctrinal study

  • Doctrinal Study:  Have you been baptized?  Why did you get baptized?  What does communion mean to you?  Why do we take communion as a church body?

God’s armor bearer book study

 Read Chapter 6 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 1 then answer the following questions:

  1. The spirit of an armorbearer doesn’t just happen. The armorbearer spirit comes by the decision on your part to become the chosen of God, giving full attention to the details of your life. There are four major areas in which we need to judge ourselves in order to break Satan’s power in our lives so that we can be pleasing to God and be a light in the word. List those four major areas by which Satan tries to hinder us.
  2. How would you know if you are hindered in one or several of these areas?
  3. What can you do to be free of these snares of the devil?

THE Bait of Satan book study

Read chapter 8 of The Bait of Satan then answer the following questions:

  1. Read 1 John 2:15-17. Below is a list of worldly things that God will shake from our lives. Explain how you have already been shaken or how you need to be shaken in each area.
    1. The lust of the flesh.
    1. The lust of the eyes.
    1. The pride of life.
  2. Are you serving the Lord out of pride, self-confidence, or the hope that He will reward you for your service with material things or an easy life?
  3. Complete the following sentences:
    1. My motivation for serving Christ is…
    1. My confidence rests in…
    1. The reward I expect from Him is…

Homework checklist

  • Called every Deacon (If a Deacon in Training) or Deaconess (if a Deaconess in training)
  • Prepared to answer “Examine your role” question at next class
  • Watched and commented on Sermon: The Blood Covenant
  • Watched and commented on Sermon: The Baptism of Jesus
  • Signed up for 4th ministry
  • Started Foundations 2 with my disciple
  • Read Bible Verses
  • Emailed Doctrinal Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed God’s Armor Bearer Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed The Bait of Satan Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Am I cooking lunch for next month? If so who is on my lunch team?
    • ________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________

July 10th – Fulfill Your Role in Your Family

Class Outline

  • Roll Call (Did you make your Phone Calls, Did you do your fourth Ministry, Ministry feed back)
  • Does God look at church family the same way he looks at your earthly family (your direct relatives)?
  • What is our responsibility for our earthly family?
  • Read 1 Timothy 3:1-5
  • As leaders of the local church, how should our family relationships look?
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Who is cooking lunch next month?
  • Question and Answer Time.

Homework due by august 8th, 2022

  • Invite someone currently not attending any church to attend Christian Life Church.  Bring the name of the person you invited to the next class.
  • Women call women deacons in training, men call men deacons in training. (Everyone should talk to everyone this month).
  • Become an unofficial greeter of Christian Life Church.  Don’t try and talk to the people you know at Sunday and Wednesday services.  Seek out new people and those people you have seen but can’t name.  Find out their story and why they are attending church.
  • Continue Foundations 2 with your disciple.
  • Watch/listen to the Sermon: Let’s Talk About Faith Healing Part 1 by Pastor Christian Shields
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Watch/listen to the Sermon: Let’s Talk About Faith Healing Part 2 by Pastor Christian Shields
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Read Bible Verses: Mark 16:18, James 5:14-20, 1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:4-5
  • Ministry Review:  What ministry did you serve in?  Did you like it why/why not?  What did you learn?  Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?

Email Homework – Email the Answers to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth

Doctrinal study

What is divine healing? Have you ever been healed or seen anyone healed at a church service?  Have you ever prayed for anyone to be healed?  Why does God ask us to pray for people to be healed?  Why does God not heal some people?

God’s armor bearer book study

Read the Forward and Chapter 1 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 2 and then answer the following questions:

  1. Write 1 Peter 4:10 in your own words.
    1. How have you used your gifts and talents in the local church.
    1. Do you see other gifts and talents developing within you? What are they?
    1. How can these gifts and talents be used for the body of Christ and in your church?
    1. Of the 40 keys listed regarding Successful Keys to Blooming  Where You Are Planted, list the 10 keys that ministered to you the most.
    1. What are the four categories that we must understand so that we can bloom where we are planted

THE Bait of Satan book study

Read Chapter 9 of the Bait of Satan and then answer the following questions:

  1. Complete the following statements:
    1. For me, faith is…
    1. For me, obedience is…
    1. If I say I believe and do not obey, then…
    1. When others are offended with me living for Christ, I will…

Homework checklist

  • Called every Deacon (If a Deacon in Training) or Deaconess (if a Deaconess in training)
  • Prepared to answer “Invite Someone New” homework to class
  • Watched and commented on Sermon: Let’s Talk About Faith Healing Part 1
  • Watched and commented on Sermon: Let’s Talk About Faith Healing Part 2
  • Completed 4th ministry
  • Continued Foundations 2 with my disciple
  • Read Bible Verses
  • Emailed Doctrinal Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed God’s Armor Bearer Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed The Bait of Satan Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Am I cooking lunch for next month? If so who is on my lunch team?
    • ________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________

August 14th – Have a Heart for the Lost

Class Outline

  • Roll Call (Did you make your Phone Calls)
  • What happens to someone if they die without being born again?
  • What does that look like?
  • Is that fair?
  • Read Matthew 7:12-14
    • How do these verses make you feel?
    • What does verse 12 have to do with verses 13-14
    • How does this effect our outlook on evangelism?
  • Why is it important that the church offers a call to salvation every Sunday?
  • How should you as a Deacon/Deaconess respond during these calls?
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Who is cooking lunch next month?
  • Question and Answer Time.

Homework due by september 5th, 2022

  • Meet with Pastor Jared or Pastor Elizabeth and bring the three weakest spots of your faith.  Also bring the three strongest things about your faith.  Be prepared to hear additional feedback.  Be prepared to have an honest discussion about where you are as a deacon/deaconess in training and what you need to work on.  Try not to be defensive and rather accept the honest feedback and change your life.  Please pray about this meeting.
  • In additional to weak and strong points examine your life for general business.  The life of a deacon is one that is God and Church centered.  Are there things that you are doing that’s sucking up all your time so you are unable to serve and meet people?  Do you need to drop some things in your life? Bring an answer to these questions to the next class to share.
  • Continue with Foundations 2 with your disciple.
  • Women call women deacons in training, men call men deacons in training. (Everyone should talk to everyone this month).
  • Watch/listen to the Sermon: Voice Of Truth by Pastor Crystal Krachunis
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Read Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians Chapter 12, 1 Corinthians 13:2, 1 Corinthians 14:1-6, I Corinthians 14:24-30,  1 Thessalonians 5:19-21, 1 John 4:1, Acts 15:32
  • 5th Ministry Picked

EMAIL HOMEWORK – EMAIL THE ANSWERS TO Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth

Doctrinal study

Have you heard a prophet speak before?  How do you feel about prophecy? How does Christian Life Church deal with prophecy?

God’s armor bearer book study

Read Chapter 2 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 2 then answer the following questions:

  1. What is the first key to longevity?
    1. The word “Longevity” means long life. How does that relate to being an armor bearer?
    1. Read Matthew 13:37-38. What does it mean when God describes us as His “good seed”?
    1. Genesis 1:11 says that the “seed is in itself.” How does that relate to us as workers in the Kingdom of God?
    1. How will you know that your seed has come forth? What must you do?
    1. If a tree is continually uprooted and replanted, eventually the roots will die. How does this relate to a Christian?
    1. Chapter 2 lists a verse that is very important in understanding your calling. What is that scripture reference? What does that verse say to you?
    1. TRUE or FALSE
      1. Not everyone will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ.
      1. First Corinthians 5:10 tells us who will appear.
      1. My pastor can answer for me regarding how I used my gifts.
      1. God will give me some slack if I was a good friend and a good parent.
      1. We must be determined to have God’s will in our lives no matter that cost.
      1. Sometimes it will take strong crying and many tears to stay where God plants you.
      1. Hebrews 5:7 tells us what Jesus went through to stay in the will of God.
    1. What are the remaining keys to longevity as outlined in Chapter 2?
    1. What does the word “Grace” mean? Explain it to me like you would explain it to a five-year-old.
    1. Acts 13:36 states that David “served his own generation by the will of God”. List the ways that this generation thinks differently than the past generations (the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties, and two-thousands).
    1. What can you do to make sure you are in tune with the way this generation thinks?

THE Bait of Satan book study

Read chapter 10 of The Bait of Satan and then answer the following questions:

  1. Read the following passages and explain what each scripture teaches about serving and being a servant:
    1. Luke 16:13
    1. Luke 22:26
    1. John 12:26
    1. Romans 7:6
    1. Galatians 5:13
    1. Philippians 2:5-11
  2. List things in your life that you have given up in your life in order to not be a stumbling block to others, explain as needed. If you cant list much or anything at all, explain why and what you think that means about how you have laid down your life for others.

Homework checklist

  • Called every Deacon (If a Deacon in Training) or Deaconess (if a Deaconess in training)
  • Met with Pastor Jared or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Prepared to answer “Time sucking” question to class
  • Watched and commented on Sermon: Voice of Truth
  • Signed up for 5th ministry
  • Continued Foundations 2 with my disciple
  • Read Bible Verses
  • Emailed Doctrinal Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed God’s Armor Bearer Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed The Bait of Satan Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Am I cooking lunch for next month? If so who is on my lunch team?
    • ________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________

September 11th – Examine Your Life

Class Outline

  • Roll Call (Did you make your Phone Calls, Did you do your fifth Ministry, Ministry feedback)
  • Read 1 Corinthians 5:1-7
  • What does verse 7 mean in real life terms?
  • What will happen to our church if sin is allowed to prevail in our leadership, including our deacons and deaconesses?
  • Does God expect us to be perfect?
  • In light of this, what do we do? What tools has God given us to remove the leaven?
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Who is cooking lunch next month?
  • Question and Answer Time.

Homework due by october 3rd, 2022

  • Women call women deacons in training, men call men deacons in training. (Everyone should talk to everyone this month).
  • Meet with Pastor Jared or Pastor Elizabeth (Meet with the same sex) to discuss how you will serve as a deacon.
    • Answer these questions:
      • Where will you serve?
      • How will you make that ministry better?
      • How much time are you willing to dedicate to that ministry?
      • Who are you forming relationships with?
      • What are your goals for them in 2019 and 2020?
      • Are you moving them to form relationships with other people?
  • At this point, you should be striving to be done with Foundations 2 with your disciple. This is a general timeline – just keep moving forward!
  • Watch/listen to the Sermon: The Gifted Church Service Part 1 by Pastor Christian Shields
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Watch/listen to the Sermon: The Gifted Church Service Part 2 by Pastor Christian Shields
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Read Bible Verses: Hebrews 13:7, Hebrews 13:17; I Thessalonians 5:12, 1 Peter 5:1-4, 1 Timothy 3:3, Matthew 28;18, 2 Corinthians 5:19, Romans 13:1, Mark 10:42-45
  • Ministry Review:  What ministry did you serve in?  Did you like it why/why not?  What did you learn?  Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?

EMAIL HOMEWORK – EMAIL THE ANSWERS TO PASTOR JARED AND/OR PASTOR ELIZABETH

Doctrinal study

Why does God have pastors?  What are my thoughts on pastoral authority? Am I submitted to the leadership of CLC?

God’s armor bearer book study

Read Chapter 3 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 2 then answer the following questions:

  1. What is the first key to commitment?
    1. List the four characteristics of a faithful man/woman.
    1. Read 1 Corinthians 4:2. How can you be found faithful?
    1. What is the second key to commitment?
    1. There are spiritual laws that work for masters and servants alike. List three of those spiritual laws and the scriptures validating them.
    1. What is the third key to commitment?
    1. TRUE or FALSE
      1. Your marriage comes before your position in the church.
      1. You should approach the ministry with a similar commitment as your marriage.
      1. The same keys you apply to your marriage you should apply to the ministry.
      1. Communication is important in marriage; it is equally important in the ministry.
      1. You won’t have an effective ministry without communication.
      1. Pastors must communicate as well as they expect their leaders to communicate.
      1. People must commit to the pastor, as well as the pastor committing to the people.
      1. If a pastor is truly joined to the flock as a shepherd, the sheep will know his voice.
    1. What are the final three keys to commitment?
    1. Read Colossians 3:23-24. How are these verses a reality in your life?

THE Bait of Satan book study

Read chapter 11 of the Bait of Satan and then answer the following questions:

  1. In your own words, explain what Jesus has to say about forgiveness in the following verses:
    1. Matthew 6:14-45
    1. Luke 6:37
    1. Matthew 6:12
  2. Rank the following list in order from what would be the hardest for you to forgive to what would be the easiest. Then answer: Why is the hardest so hard for you, what makes the easiest so easy, would you be able to forgive all of these? How?
    1. Gossip against me
    1. Someone physically abusing me
    1. Someone emotionally abusing me
    1. Someone physically abusing a loved one
    1. Someone emotionally abusing a loved one
    1. Someone lying to me
    1. Someone stealing from me
    1. Someone manipulating me

Homework checklist

  • Called every Deacon (If a Deacon in Training) or Deaconess (if a Deaconess in training)
  • Had “How will I serve” meeting.
  • Watched and commented on Sermon: The Gifted Church Service Part 1
  • Watched and commented on Sermon: The Gifted Church Service Part 2
  • Completed 5th ministry
  • Finished Foundations 1 and 2 with my disciple
  • Read Bible Verses
  • Emailed Doctrinal Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed God’s Armor Bearer Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed The Bait of Satan Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Am I cooking lunch for next month? If so who is on my lunch team?
    • ________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________

October 9th – Support the Pastors

Class Outline

  • Roll Call (Did you make your Phone Calls)
  • What motivated Pastor Christian and Amanda to start Christian Life Church in Cedar Rapids?
  • What motivates them to continue to stay and serve?
  • Do you agree with their motivations?
  • What is there goal in pastoring Christian Life Church?
  • Do you support that goal, do you want to see it accomplished?
  • Is the success of CLC on the backs of Pastor Christian and Pastor Amanda?
  • Will Pastor Christian and Pastor Amanda be held accountable for the way they lead and teach at Christian Life Church?
  • Will you be held accountable by God for the way you lead and support Pastors Christian and Amanda at Christian Life Church?
  • Are the Pastors of Christian Life Church held to a higher standard than everyone else?
  • How does this effect how you look at and follow their leadership?
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Who is cooking lunch next month?
  • Question and Answer Time.

Homework due by november 7th, 2022

  • Multiply your disciple (intentional relationship).  Move from just meeting with them to multiplying them.
  • Women call women deacons in training, men call men deacons in training. (Everyone should talk to everyone this month).
  • Watch/listen to the Sermon:  The Love Chapter Part 3 – Boasting & Arrogance by Pastor Christian Shields
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Read Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians Chapters 12 – 14, Mark 16:17, Romans 8:26,  Acts 2:4,  Acts 2:11, Acts 10:46,  Acts 19:6
  • 6th Ministry Picked

Email Homework – Email the Answers to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth

Doctrinal Study

What is speaking in tongues and how does it work?  Do you speak in tongues?  Do you feel comfortable around people that speak in tongues?

God’s Armor bearer book study

Read Chapter 4 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 2 then answer the following questions:

  1. What is the first key to attitude?
    1. What does Isaiah 1:19 mean to you?
    1. How does 1 Chronicles 28:9 apply to your life?
    1. What is the second key to the right attitude?
    1. If the best feeling you have about doing something in the ministry is “when it’s over” why is your attitude wrong?
    1. What is the third key to having the right attitude?
    1. What was the significant attitude that Paul represented in Philippians 1:15-19
    1. How does 1 Thessalonians 5:18 relate to your life?
    1. Read the story of Paul and Silas in Acts 16:23-26. From these Scriptures and your imagination, list as many hardships as you can think of that these men were probably going through.
    1. Jesus was a wonderful example of the fourth key to having a good attitude. What was this key?
    1. God established chains of command under Him, meaning a key attitude for us is ______________________.

THE Bait of Satan book study

Read Chapter 12 and 13 of The Bait of Satan then answer the following questions:

  1. In your own words, what do each of the following scriptures say about revenge?
    1. Romans 12:19
    1. James 4:12
    1. James 5:9
    1. Matthew 5:38-42
  2. Absalom avenged Tamar’s rape by murdering Amnon. He also held bitterness in his heart against David for not punishing Amnon for the rape of his sister. Absalom’s thoughts were poisoned with bitterness. He became an expert critic of David’s weaknesses, yet he hoped that David would call for him. When David did not, this fueled Absalom’s resentment.
         Out of this offended critical attitude, Absalom began to draw to himself anyone who was discontented. He made himself available to all Israel, taking time to listen to their complaints. He lamented the things would be different if only he were king. He judged their cases, since it appeared the king had no time for them. Perhaps Absalom judged their cases because he felt he had not been served justice in his own. He seemed concerned for the people. The Bible says Absalom even says he stole the hearts of Israel from his father, David.
          Was Absalom genuinely concerned for the people of Israel, or did he have other motives? Explain.
  3. Complete the following sentences:
    1. When people come to me with criticisms of church leadership, I…
    1. When I am critical of church leadership, I…
    1. The most effective way to handle offenses in the body of Christ is…
  4. Read the following verses. What attitude does each verse tell us we should have in our hearts for those who hurt us?
    1. Matthew 5:44
    1. Psalm 35:11-14
    1. 2 Corinthians 10:5

Homework checklist

  • Called every Deacon (If a Deacon in Training) or Deaconess (if a Deaconess in training)
  • Watched and commented on Sermon: The Love Chapter Part 3, Boasting and Arrogance
  • Signed up for 6th ministry
  • Help my disciple start seeking an intentional discipleship relationship for themselves
  • Read Bible Verses
  • Emailed Doctrinal Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed God’s Armor Bearer Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed The Bait of Satan Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Am I cooking lunch for next month? If so who is on my lunch team?
    • ________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________
      _________________________________________________

NOVEMBER 13th – Multiply Your Influence

Class Outline

  • Roll Call (Did you make your Phone Calls, Did you do your sixth Ministry, Ministry feedback)
  • How did the church go from one Man with 12 followers to being the biggest religion in the world?
  • What is the great commission? What does it mean in everyday terms?
  • What is the goal of discipleship?
  • What is the point of Missions?
  • Principle of Multiplication vs Addition.
  • What is the point of the Foundations Notes?
  • Does putting something in writing (such as the foundations notes) limit the Holy Spirit?
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • CLC provides breakfast next month.
  • Question and Answer Time.

Homework due by december 19th, 2022

  • Prepare to share with the class your three favorite things about the deacon class and 1 area it could improve.
  • Do a 3-10 minute video devotional on the Deacon/Deaconess training Facebook page about what you learned from reading God’s Armor Bearer Volumes 1 and 2 and from reading The Bait of Satan.
  • Don’t give up encouraging your disciple to start their own intentional relationship and multiply!
  • Women call women deacons in training, men call men deacons in training. (Everyone should talk to everyone this month).
  • Ministry Review:  What ministry did you serve in?  Did you like it why/why not?  What did you learn?  Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?
  • Make sure you have a formal outfit for graduation. More formal than “Business casual” but less formal than “James bond tuxedo”. You will figure it out 😉

EMAIL HOMEWORK – EMAIL THE ANSWERS TO Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth

Doctrinal study

What does being a Deacon/Deaconess mean to you? How will you serve Christ as a Deacon/Deaconess of Christian Life Church?

God’s Armor bearer book study

Read Chapter 5 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 2 then answer the following questions:

  1. What is the first key to teamwork?
    1. What is the main reason people leave churches according to chapter 5?
    1. Anyone can take offense, get hurt, and walk out, but it takes a _________ or ____________ to make it  ___________.
    1. The key to overcoming offense is found in Matthew 18:34-35. What is that key?
    1. What is the second key to teamwork?
    1. Read Matthew 25:13-15. Now read verse 35. What are these verses saying to us?
    1. Read 1 Peter 4:10. Can you say that you do not have any gifts or talents? Why or why not?
    1. What are the last two keys to teamwork?
    1. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-15. Paul compares the members of the body of Christ with the members of the physical body. With that in mind, why is the ministry of helps not a “second fiddle” position?
    1. 1 Corinthians 1:10 and Acts 4:32 are two verses with a similar message. What is the similarity in meaning?

THE Bait of Satan book study

Read chapter 14 of the Bait of Satan and then answer the following questions:

  1. What is the Biblical standard for seeking forgiveness when you offend someone else?
  2. What is the Biblical standard for forgiving others who offend you?
  3. Read James 3:17, write it out in your own words.

Homework checklist

  • Called every Deacon (If a Deacon in Training) or Deaconess (if a Deaconess in training)
  • Prepared to share “3 favorite things and 1 improvement” with class
  • Posted 3-10 minute video on Deacon/Deaconess Training FB Page about books
  • Completed 6th ministry
  • Met to encourage my disciple in raising up their own disciple – what that looks like
  • Emailed Doctrinal Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed God’s Armor Bearer Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Emailed The Bait of Satan Homework to Pastor Jared and/or Pastor Elizabeth
  • Formal outfit ready for Graduation Sunday

January 1st 2023 – Deacon Process Review and GRADUation

Class Outline

  • Roll Call (Did you make your Phone Calls)
  • Breakfast Provided by CLC
  • Book review
  • Share with the class your three favorite things about the deacon class and three areas that it could improve
  • Prepare for Graduation