The office of deacons, is to act as an office of spiritual assistance to the pastors. They are to assist the pastors on all of his spiritual activities. They are given free speech in presenting to the pastors any program or benefits that would bless the general and spiritual welfare of the church. They must be apt to teach, and ready to assist the pastor or associate pastor on every duty if called to do so. They shall assist in serving communion. They shall be acting ushers in all services. They shall police the church, in keeping civil order and conduct. They shall assist in taking local offerings. They shall oversee the spiritual conduct of the church in working with the pastor and one another on spiritual problems and matters of the saints. They shall be ready at anytime to assist the need of every saint who is burdened and in need of spiritual consultation, or general welfare. They have not the right to act upon any program or promotion without agreement with one another, the pastors, or the trustees if the program they are considering doing involves church funds. They will be responsible before God for their conduct and manner of service, according to the Word of God. They shall not have meeting among themselves without the pastor or associate pastor present.
The body of men, shall govern the welfare of the church as abusiness group. They are elected to protect the church in itsfinancial matters, its business investments, the supervision of its properties, and its expenditures. They shall strongly consider every move of progress, step by step, which involves church funds. For they shall be responsible to keep the church from indebtedness, and the saints from burdens that are too great to bear financially. In the undertaking of any project, regardless what it is, they are to bring the matter to the pastor, consultation by the pastor, consultation by the pastor only for every financial project the church wishes to invest or engage itself therein is absolutely required.
The responsibility of the treasurer is to provide an exact account of the financial status of the present funds in the treasury.This report is to made available to the pastor or the board of trustees, upon theirrequestof such a report.No other office in the church may have access to this information. He may obtain such information from the trustees report given to him by the treasurer. The treasurer shall sit in on every trustee meeting to take notes and minutes of actions taken by the board of trustees. ***He has not the authority to convey or acknowledge the financial status information to any acting office in the church but the pastor or board of trustees.*** He shall not be a consultant in spiritual matters, nor is it of need that he should attend meetings of the deacons. Unless asked to by the pastor.
The office of Sunday school superintendent is of vital importance to the church. Though his duties are not major, he is responsible to keep the children’s classes with teachers and supplies that pertain to teaching. He shall undertake to appoint teachers to their rooms assigned to them. He shall, in the absence of a Sunday school teacher, appoint another teacher to take the place of the one absent from duty. He shall watch carefully that the time element of the classes beginning and closing does not interfere with the worship service. He shall present the needs of Sunday school supplies to the board of trustees, who will advise him concerning the funds needed for supplies. He shall not direct the teachers themselves, only assigning them to their classes. He shall not undertake any program without consulting the pastor, for the Sunday school department solely. He is not required to sit in on deacon board meetings, nor on trustee meetings. He is free from any responsibility as that pertaining to a deacon or trustee, that all his time may be given to supervise the Sunday school, with devout interest.
The music program and all order pertaining to the development of such a program is under the supervision of the pastor only, and the associate pastor. During regular – services, special meetings, or revivals, at all times, the pastors shall advise and conduct this program. The trustee board shall advise on the purchasing of any musical instruments and the pastor shall be consulted.Any suggestions for musical programs by the saints, deacons, or such parties interested should be presented to the pastor, who will welcome them, and advise on such suggestions. It is preferred the pastor shall control this program, as he is the leader of the worship service, and confidence is placed in his ability to lead the church in worship that is most pleasing to God. Music programs, testimony services, addresses by various parties, reports to the church by various offices, or any program that intervene the worship time should be under the pastors supervision.
I’m so happy to see these brethren here, just a whole line of these recorders. And what a work they’re doing for the Lord: These recordings are being sent around the nation, and they’re going into homes, and into halls, and so forth. They even got us in a movie picture, the other day, to introduce these things. And hundreds of people are being saved and healed right through these recordings.
51-0929 – Our Hope Is In God
Rev. William Marrion Branham
Nineteen different nations are taking the Messages and translating them. Someone, as I am preaching, someone stand there preaching right with it. And they’re going into the huts and the places out where God is not even known, and preaching to the heathen, and in to the natives of Africa and South America, and all around the world, and hundreds times hundreds are coming to the Lord. Many are being healed. And that’s the reason that we feel that it is all important to press the Message, not in big buildings and so forth.
59-0823 – Palmerworm, Locust, Cankerworm, Caterpillar