Elkin Baptist Association
Saturday, July 20, 2019

A Missionary's Corner


Several months ago my wife, Charlot, and I attended a training session at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Cary, NC.  The training was for The NUTS & BOLTS of Deacon Ministry. One of the authors is Dr. Alice R. Cullinan, professor emeritus of Religion and Religious Education, Garner-Webb University. She also served full-time and bi-vocationally in churches for 40 years as Minister of Music and Education. The other author is Rev. Keith Dixon, a pastor for 35 years in North Carolina and Virginia, Associational Missionary, and presently serving with the Baptist Retirement Homes of NC.

Praise for The Nuts & Bolts of Deacon Ministry**

“I have been attending deacon training events for decades.  These are some of the best lessons and insights I’ve been privileged to study.”

--- Rev. David Blanton,

     pastor, of Fallston Baptist Church


“This book lives up to its title of providing practical “nuts and bolts” ideas about the essential work of the deacons in our churches. The principals and exercises have been successfully used and published by Cullinan and Dixon in their leadership roles.”

--- Dr. Robert Lamb

     Dean Emeritus, School of Divinity of Gardner-Webb University

**Copyright by LampLighters Ministry, 2016, Used by permission.


I am excited about The Nuts & Bolts of Deacon Ministry because I do believe it is a very practical book for training deacons to be servants. Therefore, I am scheduling an “Introductory Session” for pastors at the association office on May 13, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. At this session I will include important information on using this book with your deacons:


Pitfalls to Avoid Training Deacons

Some Suggestions About What to Share with Your Deacons

Audio Visuals

Paper and Pencil Techniques

Method Match

Principles to Keep in Mind When Selecting Methods

How to use the book

How to use copies of material from the book

Basic Questions to answer before making decisions about teaching materials


Ten Points on Teaching and Using the Materials

Three Things to ask before preaching or teaching

Tips to Remember


REQUEST:  Pastors, please call or email Lisa at the association office if you plan to attend this “Introductory Session for The Nuts & Bolts of Deacon Ministry. This information is very important so that copies for the thirteen points given above can be prepared and ready for those pastors attending this session.