The role of a deacon

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  1. bapterian

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    What is the biblical role for deacons and do the deacons in your church reflect that role?
    Are they servants or governors? In other words, are they in a ministry of service or do they govern the affairs of your church much like a board of directors or elders?

    In my church, the deacons are ordained to service to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of members. They have no governing authority over members, staff, business meetings, etc.
     
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    In theory, my fellowship believes the same way yours does. There are times, however, that the church asks the deacon body to come to a decision on something. These times are, and should be, infrequent. (For instance, by what percentage of the vote should a certain important measure pass at business meetings?)

    I guess the key phrase would be "servant-leadership." The servant role and attitude of a godly deacon should be so compelling to those around him, it should inspire them to do likewise. "Servant Leadership"
     
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    Same here... except that I would add that our deacons also operate the benevolence ministries of our church that are oriented toward the community.

    (I'm convinced that those who rail against our church for having females deacons have no clue regarding the role of deacons in our church.)
     
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    Our church recently changed the role of deacons to reflect the Biblical role of servants. They are involved in servant ministries only and have no decision making authority. Decision making is left to the church elders.
     
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    A deacon should be a proven wise counselor in matters pertaining to the Gospel. Any reach for a "title" would automatically disqualify him. Grabs to "govern" are more often a lust for "privilege" rather than a call to service.

    Men in the church with "title" often (though not always) seek to be served themselves, and are spoken of in Rom. 16: 18.

    Deacon credentials are strictly governed under the terms and conditions of 1 Tim. 3. A deacon is required to "rule" in their own family; wives and children (v12). However, there is no suggestion that a Deacon is afforded that same "rule" or governance in the church.

    Likewise, a pastor does not "rule" in the church either, though he MUST rule in his own home (1 Tim. 3:4-5). A pastor is required to "take care of" the church - an entirely different dynamic than "ruling" or classic "governance." Thanks. latterrain.
     
  6. Dr. Bob

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    Deacon = servant. To give them a "position" of "power" is contraindicated by the nature of the word.

    Problem comes from the idea of a deacon as an "office" of the church instead of an "officer". Just the way we think about it confuses many.
     
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    What I have seen in the 4 baptist churches that I have been a part of is that the role of deacon and elder is combined, yet excluding great qualities of both positions. Personally, I wish that the two offices were separate just as when they were first established.
     

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