What are the responsibilities of deacons in the church?

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Question: "What are the responsibilities of deacons in the church?"

The Bible doesn’t list specific responsibilities for either elders or deacons. It lists their qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9), but beyond that Scripture does not provide much information about the positions. As a result, there are a wide variety of practices related to church government. Some churches have a pastor, elders, and deacons. Other churches have a pastor-elder and deacons. There are other practices as well. Since Scripture seems to give a certain amount of latitude in church government, there is probably not one universally correct form that should be applied to all churches. What the Bible consistently teaches is that elders and deacons should be Godly men who are above reproach. They serve as church leaders, but are also called to be servants.

If we were to make a distinction between elders and deacons, it would be that deacons seem to more of a servant-leader while elders are teaching-leaders. Elders are held to the qualification “able to teach” (1 Timothy 3:2) while deacons are not. The title “deacon” comes from the Greek word for “servant” or “slave.” This points to their role as servants, as pictured in Acts 6:1-7. If this distinction is drawn between elders and deacons, deacons would have to be responsible to the elders or pastor-elder. So the responsibilities of a deacon will vary greatly depending on the form of government the particular church chooses. All the Bible specifically states concerning their responsibilities is that they are to be servant-leaders.

Recommended Resource: The Master's Plan for the Church by John MacArthur.

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