Positions and Their Characteristics

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As I was reading the book of 1 Timothy, I discovered what the characteristics of church elder, deacon, and minister should hold. I thought this was a good way to know if a church is following the instructions from God’s Word concerning church office positions. I will share with you what I have learned from my readings.

Elder Deacon Minister
Blameless in conduct Grave Guards the true doctrine
Husband to one wife Does not lie Refuses speculative doctrines
No wine or alcohol No wine Pure heart
Not attracting attention or giving offence Maintains a good conscience Good conscience
Good behavior Demonstrates power of faith Genuine faith
Loves strangers Not lifted up in pride Faithful to calling
Teacher Free from evil and reproach Saved from sin
Not quarrelsome Wives also meet qualifications Pattern to others
Not using wrong motives to gain money Husband of one wife Prays and gives thanks for all
Patient Ruler of his own house Abstains from fleshly lusts
Not a brawler Lives Godly and honestly
Not a lover of money or personal gain Follows the fruits of the spirit
Rules his own house with honesty Holds to the fundamentals of truth
Not new to the faith Warns men of the 7 evils
Good reports from outsiders Meditates wholly upon duties

All believers are to be an example in; word, conversation, charity (love), spirit, faith, and purity.

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” -1 Timothy 4:12 [KJV]

“If thou put the brethren in rememberance of these things thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” -1 Timothy 4:6-8 [KJV]

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let those also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.” -1 Timothy 3:8-12 [KJV]

“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.” -1 Timothy 3:2-7 [KJV]


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  3. Ricardo Diaz April 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM Reply

    I was reading this and it reminds me of my father in law. He is a deacon at his church and he has all these characteristics. I also noticed that I have a lot of what an elder has, only think missing is the loving of strangers. I grew up in the rough part of town so you learned not to trust but I think that God is working that out of me the longer I live in Michigan. Thanks for the post!


    • [J] May 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      You are welcome Ricardo! Yes, loving strangers can be hard. Especially loving them with our own fleshly/worldly type of love, but if we have the love of Jesus within us it will be easier to love those who are unlovable. Sometimes God allows us to be in positions where we must use love, patience, or whatever we are weak in, in order to make us strong. One great thing to remember is, God is always right by our side through all that we go through…He will not leave us or forsake us…and No One can separate us from the love of God.


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