The church is about service. She is a follower of her Master, Who said: “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve” (Matthew 20:28, ESV). When one becomes a Christian, one becomes a servant. However, the deacon is a specific, special servant. He does not become part of a “deaconship” upon appointment but answers individually to an eldership. In the Lord’s business, he will do nothing less than his best (Ephesians 6:5-7).
Most of us pursue some secular skill we employ to fulfill God’s command to provide for our family (1 Timothy 5:8) and give to the needy (Ephesians 4:28) and these skills can be used to strengthen the Kingdom. A need in the church must exist prior to an appointment and deacons are selected because there is some pressing concern that demands his expertise. It is not an honorary office nor does it elevate Christian status. There is a work to be done and he is charged with preparation (Luke 14:28-30), organization (Luke 12:42-44), and execution (Acts 6:1) of a task. Further, a man must be qualified (1 Timothy 3:8-10, 12-13) and be “tested” (1 Timothy 3:10). This will provide a church with confidence that we have the right man for the job.
Finally, there must be cooperation. A deacon has a delegated authority to use eldership-approved resources (Acts 6:3); and Christians fall into that broad category of “resources.” So, when a deacon approaches a member to enlist his or her help in a church project, the response he should expect is willing, eager, and unreserved assistance. If members of the Lord’s body appreciate the charge given to our deacons, we will be more excited and dedicated in our service under their guidance (2 Corinthians 6:1). And, the church will function flawlessly in service, as God intended.