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Why Deacons are Crucial

Check out this panel discussion at TGC21 about the crucial role deacons play in the church. With Matt Smethurst, author of "Deacons: How They Serve and Strengthen the Church", as well as Geoff Chang, Juan Sanchez, and Jonathan Leeman.

Associational Deacon Training
led by 

Matt Smethurst

Matt Smethurst is lead pastor of 

River City Baptist Church in

Richmond, Virginia; editor at The

Gospel Coalition; and author of 

Before You Open Your Bible

Before You Share Your Faith,

and Deacons (2021).


Pastors, ministry staff, deacons

and deacon candidates will

benefit from this unique

opportunity for understanding

and equipping in this important



How Can Deacons Mobilize Service in the Church?

Deacons are essential to a church’s health—yet confusion abounds regarding their biblical job description. What’s their God-given role in a local congregation and how do they relate to the church’s overall mission?


In our training, Matt Smethurst makes the case that deacons are model servants called to meet tangible needs, organize and mobilize acts of service, preserve the unity of the flock, and support the ministry of the elders.


Helping to navigate past the misconception of the office, Matt offers practical guidance for deploying deacons and helping churches to flourish.

  • When: Sunday, August 21, 2022 from 3:00 PM-7:00PM

  • Where: McDonough Road Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Ga

  • Who: Deacons, Deacon Candidates, Pastors (Elders),  and Ministry Staff

  • How: Register below. You can buy an individual ticket or pay for a whole group. Early bird registration is $10 per person until August 12th. $15 per person after that. Registration closes August 18th. 

  • What: Along with the deacon training:

    • You will have opportunity for Q & A with Matt Smethurst.

    • You will receive the book "Deacons: How They Serve and Strengthen the Church.

    • Eat a delicious meal.

    • Participate in interactive experiences,  and

    • Fellowship with other churches in the FBA.  

Matt Smethurst
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