Spread The Word Ministries
The only two local church offices mentioned in the NT are those of Elder (overseer) and Deacon (servant or minister). Included in these qualifications is a man’s heartfelt desire for the care and oversight of God’s people (1Timothy 3:1). The desire for power, authority, or spiritual status is nowhere listed or promised in any part of the New Testament! Consider the following verses carefully and you will find they speak of selfless Christian servants who desire to humbly and sacrificially care for the people Christ died to save.
who are choosing elders in churches today would do well to look carefully
at candidates in the light of these qualifications, and to look for those
character traits and patterns of godly living rather than worldly
achievement, fame, or success. Especially in churches in western
industrial societies, there seems to be a tendency to think that success
in the world of business (or law, or medicine, or government) is an
indication of suitability for the office of elder, but this is not the
teaching of the New Testament."
Grudem, Systematic Theology, An
Introduction to Biblical Doctrine,
The Greek word for deacon is (diakonos). In its pre-technical usage, this word simply meant "one who serves." The seven men chosen to serve in this capacity in Acts 6:1-6 were likely the first deacons ever to be appointed in the church. Generally, their attention to the physical needs of the flock was meant to allow the elders to give full attention to prayer and the teaching of the word of God (Acts 6:2, 4). However, Acts 6:8-8:1 clearly shows that even gifted deacons may preach and teach boldly at times!
Systematic Theology, An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine,