In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 1 Timothy 3:8—9
6 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” 5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. Acts 6:1—7
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Deacons are the appointed servants of the congregation, and fulfill a variety of ministry roles spanning the entire work of the Lord’s church. 1 Timothy 3:8—13 provides the qualifications to be a Deacon. Biblical Deacons must be dignified and honest. They must not indulge in much wine, be content, generous, and they must practice their faith with a clear conscience. They must manage their households well and be the husband of one wife. Deacons carry out the work of their ministries under the spiritual oversight and guidance of our Elders. They often work together in certain ministries and they also work closely with our ministers.