Deacons: Understanding the Office
Elders lead ministry, deacons facilitate ministry, the congregation does ministry. That, I believe, is the New Testament model.
The main difference between an elder and a deacon is a difference of gifts and calling, not character.
There are no biblical qualifications for trustees, council members, “leadership teams,” or other titles of our devising.
Deacons: Putting It into Practice
Let me put this starkly: committees don’t work!
Rather than a healthy, robust congregationalism, this church practiced congregational micromanagement.
Whether between the pastors and the congregation or within the church’s leadership, division causes Christ’s church to suffer.
“Blessed to serve” is a phrase that rolls off the tongue readily enough, though often with less consideration than it deserves
If you want to understand the Bible’s teaching on deacons, this is a great place to start.
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