Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 3:8-13
Whether your church call them deacons or elders Paul give us their qualifications. The word translated as deacon is the Greek word diakonos, which literally means servant. Deacons are selected to serve the church. Paul gives similar qualities for both pastors and deacons. Both are to be held to high standard. They need to be respected in not only the church but also the community. They need to be strong believers or as Paul writes have great confidence in the faith. Without this confidence they would not be able to help others come to the faith or strengthen their faith.
In today’s verses Paul also writes that the wife of a deacon must also behave with decorum, be faithful and respected. We see here how important family is to the well run church. A man or woman who cannot manage their children or household will not manage the people and resources of the church.
I think the most important quality for a church leader or for that matter any Christian is a servant’s heart. When one assumes a leadership role with the thought of what this position will do for me rather than what can I do for Christ then that person is doomed to fail. We must always try to be imitators of Christ. Just as Jesus can to serve and not be served so we too need to come with a servant’s heart.
Have a blessed day,