Directing Deacons 2

Series: Directing Deacons
Presenter: Bob Deffinbaugh

This three part series explores the relationship that elders have with deacons.



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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. How did the role of administration progress through the book of Acts?
Initially, distribution was person to person. As the church grew administration became necessary so the apostles became involved. Later this distribution responsibility became the elders, then eventually leaders were chased by the congregation to oversee this ministry.
2. What two areas did the apostles declare as their priorities?
Prayer and ministry of the Word.
3. In Acts, who chose the seven men to be leaders and how were they to do it?
The apostles delegated to the congregation as a whole the selection of the seven men. Their selection was to be based on stringent qualifications. The men were then brought to the apostles who commissioned them by a public laying on of hands.

Discuss It

  1. What expectations/demands are there of elders in your church that are impossible? What can you as an individual do to “own the problem” or at least help resolve it?
  2. As the speaker points out, neither the word "deacon" nor "elder" is used in Acts 6. What has been your thinking about the appropriateness of applying this passage to later teaching on the role of elder and deacons? Do passages like Philippians 3:17 help?
  3. Does this passage teaching that those involved in the "spiritual" work of prayer and teaching the Word are never involved in the practical ministries of the church? Should they not lead by example? How do you see it?

Apply It

  1. In your church, are there people capable of teaching the word, but who do not have time to adequately prepare because of other responsibilities?
  2. How much time is given to prayer by the elders or leaders of your church? How often are you involved in praying together with and for the church? How often do you attend special times of prayer? Do you schedule prayer as a priority in your calendar, or do you try to fit it in after everything else has been scheduled?
  3. Make a list of the elders and the responsibilites they each are involved in. What can they be relieved of so that they can spend more time in their areas of giftedness?

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