Qualifications for Deacons
The qualifications for deacons are found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Deacons are to be: men of dignity, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. These men must first be tested, then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. Paul goes on to add that these deacons must be the husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their households (1 Timothy 3:8-10, 12).
When deacons are clearly distinguished from elders, deacons never function as a governing board within the church, nor are they required to exert spiritual authority through teaching.