Deacons are servant leaders who help the elders by caring for the needs of the church in practical and tangible ways. Acts 6:1-7 teaches us that the office of deacon is a support role under the direction and leadership of the elders.

Acts 6:1-7 says, “[1] Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. [2] And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. [3] Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. [4] But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” [5] And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. [6] These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. [7] And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.”

In order for someone to become a deacon they must meet the biblical qualifications outlined in scriptures (1 Tim 3:8-13).

1 Timothy 3:8-13 says, “[8] Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. [9] They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. [10] And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. [11] Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. [12] Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. [13] For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.”

Biblical Qualifications for a Deacon:

• v8. - A deacon must be a “dignified,” this means they are worthy of respect and without any character flaws.

• v8. - A deacon must not be “double-tongued,” this means they speak with sincerity and authenticity.

• v8. - A deacon must not be “addicted to much wine,” this means they are without any addictions.

• v8. - A deacon must not be “greedy for dishonest gain,” this means they display financial integrity and are not motivated by greed.

• v9. - A deacon must “hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience,” this means they love the bible and follow its teachings.

• v10. - A deacon must first “be tested,” this means they need to serve faithfully for a season before being given the office of deacon.

• v11. - Female deacons must be “dignified,” this means she is worthy of respect.

• v11. - Female deacons must not be “slanderers,” this means she does not speak negatively or ill of others including: gossip, lying or malicious talk.

• v11. - Female deacons must be “sober-minded,” this means she is stable in her emotions and not given to emotional outbursts or manipulation.

• v11. Female deacons must be “faithful in all things,” this means she is trustworthy in all areas of life such as wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and disciplemaker.

• v12. - Male deacons must be the “husband of one wife,” this means he is sexually pure and committed to one woman. This however, doesn’t mean he must be married.

• v12. - Male deacons must “manage their children and households well,” this means he loves and leads his family in a godly way so that his wife and children flourish under his leadership.

• v13. - God’s promise that those who serve well as deacons will gain a good standing for themselves and great confidence in the faith.

Note: We hold to a complementarian view of leadership. This means we believe God through scripture has given clarity on who can hold which office of leadership and that the different offices of leadership compliment each other. As such, our view is that scripture clearly teaches that the office of elder is reserved for men only (1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9). Whereas, the office of deacon is reserved for both men and women (1 Tim 3:11; Romans 16:1,6,12; Phil 4:3).