About Deacons in the church
1 Timothy 3:8-13 “ Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 11Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
Deacons – the Biblical definition
Acts 6:1-4 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
There is much confusion in some churches about what a deacon is. Simply put, a deacon is a servant of others in the house of God. The early church deacons were the ones who attended to serving people so that the ministers would be able to minister and not have to worry about whether everyone had a seat or were greeted or had food.
Without Deacons and the Ministry of Helps, our modern day preachers would be running the praise and worship, greeting at the door, making sure everyone was fed at fellowship meals, changing light bulbs, etc. We are blessed to have men like these who can take that burden off our Pastors and let them do what God has called them to do – train up the saints and equip them to do God’s work.