Roles in the Church: Deacons


What is a deacon? What are they responsible for in the church?

In the Greek, the word for “deacon” (diakonos) means an “attendant” or “servant.”

+ Deacons are to be servants of the church, not shepherds (Mk 10:43-44).
+ To serve the church by setting the elders free for overseeing, shepherding, and teaching the local church (Acts 6:1-4).


“In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money. They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience. Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons…A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well.”

(1 Timothy 3:8-10,12, NLT)

Choosing deacons:
+ Choose people who are already serving the church body as a deacon; make them “official” to help with organization, etc.
+ Men whose wives also who are also in submission to God (and to their husbands).
+ Deacons don’t have to have the gift of teaching.

Many men in the church body may qualify to be deacons, but unless they are officially recognized by the church body, they are simply serving the body of Christ (not under the title of deacon).

Three Yembiyembi men in PNG, learning what it means to be a deacon in the church.


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