How to Separate Deacon Work from Elder Work

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 04.28.2010

Whether between the pastors and the congregation or within the church’s leadership, division causes Christ’s church to suffer.

The Committee-Free, Task-Specific Deacon

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 04.28.2010

Let me put this starkly: committees don’t work!

A Deacon on a Deacon’s Reward

By John Ingold | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 03.31.2010

“Blessed to serve” is a phrase that rolls off the tongue readily enough, though often with less consideration than it deserves

Moving from a Deacon-Led to an Elder-Led Church

By Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 03.31.2010

Rather than a healthy, robust congregationalism, this church practiced congregational micromanagement.

Do We Need To Use the Titles “Elder” and “Deacon”?

By Benjamin Merkle | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 03.31.2010

There are no biblical qualifications for trustees, council members, “leadership teams,” or other titles of our devising.

The Biblical Qualifications and Responsibilities of Deacons

By Benjamin Merkle | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 03.31.2010

The main difference between an elder and a deacon is a difference of gifts and calling, not character.

Deacons: Shock-Absorbers and Servants

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 03.31.2010

Elders lead ministry, deacons facilitate ministry, the congregation does ministry. That, I believe, is the New Testament model.

Should elders and deacons be trained? If so, how?

Principle 1: Churches should not give the responsibility of eldering to those who are not already eldering. Rather, they should nominate men who meet the biblical qualifications and are already doing the work. Nothing magical happens when a church calls a man to elder. Rather, it simply recognizes publicly what he already is.

How do elders relate to deacons?


Since deacons function like elders in many churches, the relationship between them can get confused. But we can see how they should relate to one another by again considering their distinct biblical responsibilities:

Is it important to use the titles “elder” and “deacon”?


While the titles “elder” and “deacon” are not essential to the church’s ministry, there are several good reasons why churches should use these biblical titles:

What are the qualifications for a deacon?


In 1 Timothy 3:8-12 Paul lays out the qualifications for a deacon:

What are the biblical responsibilities of a deacon?


According to the New Testament, deacons are to provide material and logistical support to the church.

Book Review: 40 Questions About Elders and Deacons, by Ben Merkle

Review by Will Kynes | 9Marks Journal: Family & Parenting | 03.03.2010

Merkle reminds us that the Bible has a great deal to say about how we do church.

Class V: Church Government

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.01.2010

What exactly is church government? Put simply, it’s the system by which decisions are made in a church, a description of where authority resides.

Leadership Interview with Mark Dever

Elders, Deacons, and Church Leadership with Mark Dever

By A. Johnson, M. Dever, M. Schmucker | 01.15.2002

Have you ever considered the use of the title ‘elder’ or ‘deacon’ and how these titles might differ in their role in the church? Dr. Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, discusses the roles of each in this interview.

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