Deacon Qualifications from Acts

A Good Reputation (Acts 6:3) Potential deacons must have a good reputation among the congregation and in the community at large. Imagine that you are considering a man in your church to be appointed as a deacon. Before you approach him, you…

Deacons and Evangelism

Churches easily misconstrue the role of deacons, elevating them to a place of prestige, power, and political clout. Scripture, however, paints the opposite picture. Contrary to prevailing opinion, deacons do not form a governing body. Instead,…

Deacons as a Strategic Role

Pastors are responsible to administrate the affairs and care for the needs of a congregation. You find the leaders of the church at Jerusalem doing this by distributing financial and material resources to members in need (Acts 4:32-35). But…

Deacons as a Servant Role

The deacon title derives from a general word that describes the work of a servant (diakonos). Furthermore, it is a different word than the one used for a slave (doulos). In standard usage, it described someone personally devoted to executing…

Deacons as a Historical and Biblical Role

Deacons are not a modern church innovation. They have served alongside pastors from the outset of church history, appearing first in the Jerusalem congregation not long after Pentecost (Acts 6:1-7). Some years later, Paul specifically mentioned…

Deacon Ministry

Understanding the Office Deacons play an important role in a growing, biblical church. In particular, they provide the kind of service that counteracts the attempts of Satan to disrupt unity and peace within a congregation and spoil its public…

The Power of Heartfelt Values

A Pagan Messaging Frenzy The noteworthy “media” statistic for parents used to be the average number of hours teenagers spent in front of a television screen. This is no longer the case, because portable electronics and the omnipresent internet…

Episode 112: Candid Prayer

Are you experiencing difficult trials that seem to have no end in sight? Do you struggle to know how to pray to God when you face trials like this? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in looking at Psalm 13 for an example of how to pray through your…

Candid Prayer

Learning from Psalms Sometimes a believer refrains from praying, whether in private or in public, because he feels that he doesn't know the proper words or pattern to follow. Other times a believer prays, but never truly expresses what he wanted…