Phase 1

Candidates Invited

May, 2024

Candidates demonstrate a lifestyle of "loving God, loving others, and making disciples," and show a high capacity to serve in a greater position. 

New candidates are invited into the process, ONLY after being agreed upon by current deacons at the end of May, 2024.

Phase 1 ends with a
"Get To Know You" dinner and prayer time
6:30PM June 4, 2024


6:30 Tuesday, June 4

at The Orchard Church

This will be a great time to talk together, ask and answer questions, go over basic Deacon definitions and Biblical qualifications. We will go into way more detail in the upcoming leadership development course. For now, we're just excited about new candidates starting the process!

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Phase 2A

Leadership Course

Begins 6:30 Tuesday, June 11

Current deacons and candidates attend our custom leader development course, taught by Pastor Steve and other elders. While this material is primarily for new deacon candidates, it is GOOD STUFF, and applicable in everyone's lives.

The Law of the Lid
6:30 Tuesday, June 11

Our Simple Strategy
6:30 Tuesday, June 18

Off one week: VBS

The Imperative of the Gospel
6:30 Tuesday, July 2

The Joshua Problem
6:30 Tuesday, July 9

Leadership Keystones
6:30 Tuesday, July 16

The Role of the Deacon
6:30 Tuesday, July 23

The Lifegroup Priority
6:30 Tuesday, July 30

Phase 2B

Personal Interviews

June - July

These interviews are assigned by the chairman of deacons, conducted by elders with new deacon candidates. 
These are casual and informal meetings for the purpose of hearing testimonies, discovering gifting, and exploring calling on each new candidates life.

Phase 2C


New deacon candidates have the chance to follow along on Sundays and during lifegroups to see how current deacons perform their role.  This is a great mentoring opportunity for candidates in a wide range of ministry activities.


Phase 2 ends with a
Deacon Prayer Dinner
6:30PM Tuesday, August 20

Phase 3

Installation of New Deacons

Sunday, August 25
All Three Services

We will introduce new deacons, and pray for church leadership during the Sunday morning services.

Phase 3 ends with
First Deacon Meeting
Tuesday, September 10