When looking over the qualifications for pastors and deacons they are relatively close. The main difference is that a pastor must be able to teach and that is clear that they are to lead the church as one with authority using God's word. The deacons responsibility is not spelled out but with the example in Acts of the deacons and the absence of any qualification to teach and based on the Greek word for deacon it would seem that they were never intended to have any authority in leading the church, but rather those who held a position of service in catring for widows and doing other church related needs. So here is my question. Why do we Baptists use deacons to lead the church. Now I already know that some are going to deny that deacons are used that way, but the truth is they are. In fact in most Baptist churches the deacons have more power then the pastor. I have seen deacons literally fire a pastor and I know of few Baptist churches that does confide and seek approval of the deacon body to do certain things. So how did this practice get started since scripture seems to suggest that only elders/pastors are to lead the church and not some separate board or body called deacons?