We are studying 1 Timothy in SS and the issue of elders and deacons has come up. It seems that the Bible clearly states that overseers (also translated as bishops) and elders (pastors are included in this) have spiritual authority in the church. Deacons are servants, though there are qualifications fo them as well. I am wondering if in most So. Baptist churches do they have elders and deacons, or just deacons? And are the deacons really serving as elders? Do the deacons have spiritual authority in the church? In other words, are deacons being used as elders, though they are called deacons?