The Reformed Deacon

a Podcast from the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries

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.

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Biblical Financial Wisdom
Yesterday
Biblical Financial Wisdom
In this episode, Shiloh OPC, Raleigh, NC Deacon and CDM member Tim Hopper welcomes Dr. Jim Newheiser, professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC and author of the book, "Money, Debt and Finances: Critical Questions and Answers." Dr. Newheiser says the goal of his book is to bring together finance, accounting, and investing with a Biblical perspective that is rooted in sound theology. "I really believe in the sufficiency of Scripture to guide us in life," he says.  In this episode, Dr. Newheiser wisely points out that we have freedom to spend money, "and we can't tell someone how to spend, but to use godly wisdom. So much of our life involves our vocation, our responsibility to provide, [and] our stewardship of the resources God has given us."Referenced in this episode:"Money, Debt and Finances: Critical Questions and Answers" by Dr. Jim Newheiser Review of "Money, Debt and Finances: Critical Questions and Answers" from New Horizons December 2021Financial Crisis: What to Do When the Bottom Drops Out by Jim NewheiserMoney: Seeking God's Wisdom (31-Day Devotionals for Life) by Jim NewheiserHow to Love Difficult Parents: Wisdom for a Challenging Relationship by Jim NewheiserThe Institue for Biblical Counseling and DiscipleshipYou 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.
Presbytery Diaconal Summit V: Assisting Churches and Mission Works without Deacons
Feb 22 2024
Presbytery Diaconal Summit V: Assisting Churches and Mission Works without Deacons
In this episode, Rev. John Shaw, pastor and former OPC general secretary for Home Missions and Church Extension (CHMCE) addresses the OPC Presbytery Diaconal Committee (PDC) members at the recent OPC Presbytery Diaconal Summit (PDS) to share some of the challenges he experienced in planting churches when there are no deacons. John points out the  overwhelming mercy ministry needs of a new, young church that often fall on new pastors and the need for the unique gifts of deacons in these fledgling congregations. What's the answer? John has some suggestions.Although the content of this PDS session is primarily focused toward those serving on Presbytery 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:The OPC Committee on Ministerial CareThe Committee on Home Missions and Church ExtensionContact the OPC Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension: ophomemissions@opc.orgThe Reformed Deacon podcastThe OPC Committee on Diaconal MinistriesYou 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.
Presbytery Diaconal Summit V: Diaconal Needs, Counseling Pastors and the Obadiah Fund
Jan 1 2024
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.orgFARE Program Contact John Fikkert: john.fikkert@opc.orgContact Anneke Fesko, Care Coordinator, Ministers' Wives: anneke.fesko@opc.orgChristians, Churches, and Public Aid, Part 1 by Rev. David Van DrunenChristians, Churches, and Public Aid, Part 2 by Rev. David Van DrunenOPCCDM.orgYou 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.
How Ruling Elders Can Help Deacons
Dec 1 2023
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 TodayHelpful 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.
A Deacon's Personal Library
Jul 1 2023
A Deacon's Personal Library
In this episode, Shiloh OPC deacon and OPC CDM member, Tim Hopper and Rev. C. N. Willborn, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, talk books—books specifically helpful for deacons to have in their personal libraries. From Bible reading plans to reader's guides to books on prayer to counseling, Nick and Tim cover a wide range of their recommended favorites in their discussion.  There are even a few websites and videos they suggest checking out. Nick's wide range of  insight and Tim's thirst for reading and knowledge on the subject of deacons makes this episode invaluable!Referenced in this episode:Resources on the office of deacon Rev. John L GirardeauNotes on Ecclesiology by Thomas PeckThe Deaconship: A Treatise on the Biblical Office by John G.  LorimerThe Deacon by Cornelis Van Dam Presbytery of the Southeast Diaconal Summit 2018 VideosChronological Bible reading plan—Greenville Seminary by Ben ShawThe Westminster Confession of Faith and CatechismsConfessing the Faith: A Reader's Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith by Chad Van DixhoornThe Presbyterian Standards by Francis R. BeattieCalendar of Readings in the Westminster Standards organized by Dr. Joseph Pipa, Jr.ReformedConfessions.comThe Orthodox Presbyterian Church Book of Church OrderGospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs With Reverance and Awe by D.G. Hart and John R. MuetherA Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry (updated)Full list found here: 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.