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The Reformed Deacon is an interview and discussion podcast created by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Committee on Diaconal Ministries. The Reformed Deacon exists to strengthen and encourage the brotherhood of reformed deacons in their God-given role of serving the local church. We hope you'll find this podcast to be helpful to you as you serve the Lord in your church. For more information about the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries, go to our website: OPCCDM.org.

The Reformed Deacon a Podcast from the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

The Reformed Deacon is an interview and discussion podcast created by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Committee on Diaconal Ministries. The Reformed Deacon exists to strengthen and encourage the brotherhood of reformed deacons in their God-given role of serving the local church. We hope you'll find this podcast to be helpful to you as you serve the Lord in your church. For more information about the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries, go to our website: OPCCDM.org.

    Serving by Supporting: The Role of Deacons' Wives

    Serving by Supporting: The Role of Deacons' Wives

    In this episode, The Reformed Deacon producer and long-time OPC deacon's wife, Trish Duggan, hosts two other seasoned OPC deacons' wives, Rachel Engeltjes and Michele Martzke from Bethel OPC in Wheaton, IL. I Timothy 3 gives a clear directive to deacons' wives, so we thought we'd ask Rachel and Michelle for their thoughts on family life, living in a fishbowl, and how they've been able to support their husbands in this important, and sometimes demanding role.

    Referenced in this episode:
    The OPC Book of Church Order (regarding deacons)
    I Timothy 3:8-13 (regarding deacons and deacons' wives)
    You can find all of our episodes at thereformeddeacon.org. Make sure to follow us on your favorite podcast player, so you don't miss an episode. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for giveaways and more information. Find other resources on OPCCDM.org.

    • 38 min
    Real World Cases: Walking Alongside People in the Church

    Real World Cases: Walking Alongside People in the Church

    In this episode Tim Hopper, Shiloh OPC, Raleigh, NC deacon and CDM member,  facilitates a discussion with fellow OPC deacons: Bob Keys, a deacon from Grace OPC in Columbus, Ohio, Doug Vos, deacon at Oakland Hills OPC in Farmington Hills, Michigan and John Voss, a deacon Covenant OPC, Orland Park, Illinois and a fellow CDM member.

    These four men humbly share their experiences and wisdom as they discuss three diaconal cases. The first is about a couple who attends church regularly asking the deacons to provide cash, food or gas in exchange for working for the church.  The second, a new member asks for a loan to purchase a car and the third, a man approaches a deacon asking for him to help provide an anonymous gift to a family in the church. Deacons, do you know what you would do?

    The diaconal summits that Doug Vos refers to can be found on our website: OPCCDM.org and in audio form in previous episodes of The Reformed Deacon.

    Referenced in this episode:
    Regarding loneliness, please read the August-September issue of Ordained Servant: The Plague of Loneliness.
    The Canadian & American Reformed Churches: Form for the Ordination of Elders and Deacons
    You can find all of our episodes at thereformeddeacon.org. Make sure to follow us on your favorite podcast player, so you don't miss an episode. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for giveaways and more information. Find other resources on OPCCDM.org.

    • 45 min
    Presbytery Diaconal Summit V: Diaconal Needs, Counseling Pastors and the Obadiah Fund

    Presbytery Diaconal Summit V: Diaconal Needs, Counseling Pastors and the Obadiah Fund

    In this episode, Rev. John Fikkert, the director of the OPC Committee on Ministerial Care (CMC) addressed the group of Presbytery Diaconal Committee (PDC) members at the recent Presbytery Diaconal Summit (PDS) to thank them for their work with his committee in coming alongside current and retired ministers and their wives. John says, "Thank you for wading through some difficult, challenging situations...I think PDCs are essential if we're thinking about how to care for ministers.” Although the content of this PDS session is primarily focused toward those serving on Presbyterian diaconal committees, we trust you'll find that many aspects of the talk will benefit local deacons with food for thought, even with inspiration that comes from thinking outside the box. We urge you to avail yourself of the resources you'll hear about in this episode and let us know if you want to know more about these topics or Presbytery Diaconal Committees. We plan to release each of the PDS sessions throughout 2024 on The Reformed Deacon podcast, so be sure to look for them.

    Referenced in this episode:
    OPCCMC.org
    FARE Program
    Contact John Fikkert: john.fikkert@opc.org
    Contact Anneke Fesko, Care Coordinator, Ministers' Wives: anneke.fesko@opc.org
    Christians, Churches, and Public Aid, Part 1 by Rev. David Van Drunen
    Christians, Churches, and Public Aid, Part 2 by Rev. David Van Drunen
    OPCCDM.org
    You can find all of our episodes at thereformeddeacon.org. Make sure to follow us on your favorite podcast player, so you don't miss an episode. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for giveaways and more information. Find other resources on OPCCDM.org.

    • 45 min
    How Ruling Elders Can Help Deacons

    How Ruling Elders Can Help Deacons

    Elders and deacons working in conjunction for the good of their flock is of great importance to the health of any local church but the way to go about that is not always well-defined.  
    In this episode, Rev. Stephen Tracey talks with David Nakhla and Jeffrey Roach, a deacon at Resurrection Presbyterian Church in Matthews, North Carolina, about thoughts on best practices for the two offices: good communication, having joint meetings, using discretion, and practicing joint visitation. 

    This episode has been graciously provided by the Committee on Christian Education's OPC Ruling Elder Podcast, which aired in September of this year.

    Referenced in this episode:
    The Deacon: The Biblical Roots and the Ministry of Mercy Today


    Helpful articles pertaining to this episode from Ordained Servant:
    “Balancing Sensitivity and Stewardship in Diaconal Assistance.” 7:3 (Jul. 1998): 67.
    “The Biblical Foundation of the Diaconate.” (George W. Knight III) 5:3 (Jul. 1996): 66-68.
    “Are Deacons Members of the Session?” (R. Dean Anderson, Jr.) 2:4 (Oct. 1993): 75-78.
    “Pointers for Elders and Deacons, Part 1.” 2:3 (Jul. 1993): 59-64.
    “Pointers for Elders and Deacons, Part 2.” 2:4 (Oct. 1993): 79-85.
    “Pointers for Elders and Deacons, Part 3.” 3:1 (Jan. 1994): 3-8.
    “A Proposed Job Description for a Deacon.” (A. G. Edwards III) 4:1 (Jan. 1995): 3-5.
    “Reforming the Diaconate, Part 1.” (William Shishko) 1:2 (Apr. 1992): 43-45.
    “Reforming the Diaconate, Part 2.” (William Shishko) 1:3 (Sep. 1992): 63-66.
    “Reforming the Diaconate, Part 3.” (William Shishko) 2:1 (Jan. 1993): 16-18.
    “Some Old Testament Roots and Their Continuing Significance.” (C. Van Dam) 1:1 (Jan. 1992): 14-21.

    You can find other helpful resources on OPCCDM.org.
    You can find all of our episodes at thereformeddeacon.org. Make sure to follow us on your favorite podcast player, so you don't miss an episode. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for giveaways and more information. Find other resources on OPCCDM.org.

    • 40 min
    Elisha and the Oil

    Elisha and the Oil

    In this episode, Rev. Chris Cashen and Rev. Matt Holst explore 2 Kings 4 through the eyes of a deacon. As Matt points out, although this is not an obvious passage for deacons, it does include aspects of diaconal work, like caring for the widow by way of encouraging souls, and providing relief from distress. Matt insightfully notes that within this prophetical role of Elisha's there is clearly an element of mercy ministry and believes that if this situation presented itself at his church, his deacons would most certainly care for this widow and her sons.

    Deacons, we hope you will be encouraged by this passage as you serve in your local church. 

    Tell us what you think! Leave a comment on your podcast player.
    You can find all of our episodes at thereformeddeacon.org. Make sure to follow us on your favorite podcast player, so you don't miss an episode. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for giveaways and more information. Find other resources on OPCCDM.org.

    • 55 min
    A Conversation with a Former Refugee

    A Conversation with a Former Refugee

    In this episode CDM Administrator David Nakhla talks with former refugee Ouch Ojullo about his time in a refugee camp and how the Lord led him to Himself in amazingly unique and surprising ways.

    Okuch, born in South Sudan, became a Christian in his early teens. His life was not easy. He reluctantly lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for three years after leaving his home to avoid service in the rebel army and to search out an education—one he would not have received had he stayed at home.

    This former refugee now serves as lecturer and academic dean at Knox Theological College, in Mbale, Uganda alongside OPC Missionary Charles Jackson. 
    You can find all of our episodes at thereformeddeacon.org. Make sure to follow us on your favorite podcast player, so you don't miss an episode. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for giveaways and more information. Find other resources on OPCCDM.org.

    • 1 hr

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Great podcast for reformed deacons of all denominations

I’ve been really blessed by this podcast and I recommend it to all my deacons at my church. Really enjoying the Diaconal Summit series. Tackling some tough topics with grace and biblical wisdom.

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