Does Scripture allow for a woman to serve as a deacon in her church? Or alternatively, can she serve in an office of "deaconess" that ministers to the needs of women specifically? Please support your response with scripture and avoid answers that are based on experience and tradition. I tend to be against women serving in the office of deacon, but the NT gives examples of women serving the church, such as Phoebe, that Paul held in high esteem. I'm also aware of Acts 6 where seven MEN were set apart for service and 1st Timothy regarding deacons as being the "HUSBAND of one wife."