The New Testament also records that deacons or servants (diakonos) worked alongside overseers who shepherded the local congregation as elders (Philippians 1:1). The Bible records how the apostles who served as the leaders of the Jerusalem church delegated the responsibilities of “serving tables”, i.e., being in charge of serving (diakonia) the church in areas other than shepherding and teaching, to other Christian men who met certain qualifications (Acts 6:1-6). In like manner, deacons assist the leadership of the local congregation by serving the church in various needs such as benevolence, education, etc. While every Christian is expected to be a servant, deacons are “special servants” in that they must meet certain biblical qualifications in order to serve in this capacity:
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
We are blessed to have Keith Bunch, Adrian Lyles, and Clay Tyree as our deacons here at Calhoun.