Many deacon boards focus on two things: building & budget. And why not? They need to be done, and men are good at those things. Yet, as we read the New Testament, we find that God is primarily focused on the character and spiritual gifting of those he calls to be deacons—not on their ability to use Quickbooks or swing a hammer. Learn how deacons can lead the mercy ministry efforts in your church, why that's a good idea, and how you can make sure the building & budget aren't neglected in the process.
The New Testament Deacon: The Church's Minister of Mercy — by Alexander Strauch — This is one of the best books to read if you want to understand what deacons should do.
Resources from 10th Presbyterian in Philadelphia — ACTS Ministries is a mercy ministry of Tenth Presbyterian Church in the City of Philadelphia. ACTS was founded in 1983 out of concern for the poor and homeless residing near Tenth Church. ACTS presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His power to make broken people whole. ACTS serves the needs of individuals and families in our community and church by employing the time, witness, talents and resources the Lord has given his Church.
2012 PCA General Asembly — Audio presentation by Pastor Chris Sicks (see the accompanying presentation slide-show).