Dear Church,

Being elected a deacon in our church is a high honor. We first read about the choosing of deacons in Acts 6. Seven people were chosen because they were deemed to be “of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom” (Acts 6:3). The task of the original deacons was two-fold. The first and primary goal was to serve the church. The second was just as important, which was to keep the Body of Christ united as they sought to proclaim the Gospel all throughout the world. This was the task for the first deacons and it remains the purpose of the deacon body almost two thousand years later.

A few weeks ago, you should have received your 2022 deacon ballot in the mail. We asked you to vote for ten deacons and at the bottom of your ballot, the church requested that you sign your name. Our rationale for asking you to sign was simple, in 2021 due to many people still adhering to COVID restrictions, we offered an online option for voting. In order to cast your vote online, it was necessary to include your name and a valid email address. Because those who voted online were required to provide their names and email addresses, we asked that even those who chose to fill out a paper ballot provide their name on the ballot. Last year was a smooth and successful process.

With that being said, it has come to my attention that this year there have been a number of people who have requested to not provide their names on their cast ballots. Remember that in 2021, it was necessary due to the online voting option, which we are not offering this election cycle. So, after meeting with church leadership, we wanted to let everyone know that if you do/did not feel comfortable signing your ballot and choose to leave the signature line empty, your vote will be counted toward the final result. For those who have not yet voted, it is up to your judgement whether you would like to sign your name.

If you have any questions about the process, we would love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any thoughts you might have about our process.

Grace and Peace,