Qualifications and Responsibilities:
A person’s life and character must pass certain criteria before qualifying one to serve. The Scriptures dictate the qualifications.
- The deacon must be chosen from “among you” (Acts 6:3), a lay member of the local congregation for at least 1 year.
- The deacon must be of good reputation, “of honest report” (Acts 6:3, KJV). The confidence and trust of the congregation and community are essential.
- The deacon is in a spiritual ministry, “full of the Spirit” (Acts 6:3), according to Acts 2:4, and continuing to be “filled” (Ephesians 5:18).
- The deacon is required to make decisions in practical and temporal matters as well as giving support to the pastor in spiritual matters, so sound direction and wise counsel need “wisdom” (Acts 6:3).
- The deacon must be willing to be involved in the work of God through the church; the deacon is to “serve” (Acts 6:2, KJV).
- The deacon is to be “sincere” (1 Timothy 3:8), i.e., steadfast and serious.
- The deacon is “not double-tongued” (1 Timothy 3:8, KJV), i.e., must be as good as one’s word, dependable.
- The deacon is “not indulging in much wine” (1 Timothy 3:8), but is temperate, not depending on physical stimulants.
- The deacon is “not pursuing dishonest gain” (1 Timothy 3:8), but faithful with the tithe, generous, and not motivated by money.
- The deacon is proper in doctrine, keeping “hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience” (1 Timothy 3:9), fully subscribing to the tenets of faith of the Assemblies of God.
- The deacon is a mature believer, “and let these also first be proved” (1 Timothy 3:10, KJV).
- The deacon has not experienced matrimonial mix-ups, but is in a faithful, monogamous marriage (1 Timothy 3:12).
- Deacons lead their homes in Christ, “ruling their children and their own houses well” (1 Timothy 3:12).
- Spouses of deacons (or deaconesses) must be an example of the Christian life, “not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything” (1 Timothy 3:11).