From a now closed thread, the following was said... While this legalistic, pharaisaical statement is wrong on so many levels, I want to focus on what exactly is the role of a deacon? Are they to submit to a dictator pastor obeying his every whim? I thought they were servants, as in waiting tables in the NT? I understand most Baptist churches use deacons as if they were elders (which I don't agree with), but what should the role of a deacon be in the biblical model?