The Reformed Deacon

Provisional Diaconates in Church Plants

August 01, 2023 a Podcast from the OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries Season 2 Episode 16
The Reformed Deacon
Provisional Diaconates in Church Plants
Show Notes

In this episode, host David Nakhla talks with John Shaw, OPC Home Missions and Church Extension General Secretary; Tyler Detrick, pastor of Light of the Nations OPC in Dayton, OH and former church planter; and Kurt Oliver, elder at Westminster OPC in Westminster, CA, about the need for deacons when starting a new church in the OPC. 

Why when we church plant in the OPC are we sure to provide a provisional session, but not a provisional diaconate? John, Tyler and Kurt talk about this and the inherent need for deacons to  aid the session and pastor as they face mercy ministry needs both inside and outside of a new church plant. 

Should the process of starting churches in the OPC change to include provisional deacons? Listen to the variety of perspectives from this panel of guests.

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