Women Don’t Qualify as Deacons, SBC Bible Study Says

The Bible not only prohibits women from being pastors but from serving as deacons as well, suggest teaching materials for the Southern Baptist Convention’s upcoming January Bible Study. The study of the New Testament books of First and Second Timothy relies on...

Developing the Spiritual Life of the Deacon

I’m convinced that most of the deacons I encounter want to be involved in a meaningful ministry that is fulfilling and challenging to who they are as believers in Christ. I am also convinced that many deacons do not have the spiritual life to enable this to...

Deacons: Clarifying What Really Matters Now

Many people are comfortable in “their churches” while the world around them deteriorates and yearns for God. To many church leaders and members, being comfortable with the way they do church is more important than risking discomfort and unfamiliarity in...

Deacon Election, Nomination and Service

This time of year, many congregations begin seeking deacons for service in the new church year. The nomination-election-selection-ordination process is as varied as Baptist churches these days. After 12 years as a deacon consultant, I do not know of a fool-proof...