I'm sure i'm not the only pastor dealing with this, especially since this is going to probably become more of an issue in churches if it is not already. I'm of the opinion, as most modern scholars, that the qualifications for a deacon in 1 Tim. 3:8-13 include a single marriage in terms of divorce...and if you disagree, please let's not discuss that here because that is not my intent! With that being said, what would you do in a church where new deacons are needed because of the age of the current deacons; but all of the possible candidates are either not active enough due to spiritual immaturity or previously divorced. Personally, i'm at a loss here on this one...so any input would be appreciated.