What is the difference between an elder and a deacon? Most people don't know.
Most assume it doesn't matter - but it does. God ordained that the church should
be administered by men of differing gifts and abilities. Both elder and deacon have differing responsibilities,
requirements and abilities.
- Meaning of the Word, "Deacon"
- Interactive Word Studies: "diakonos - diakonia - diakoneo"
- Synonyms for the noun "Deacon"
- Synonyms for the verb "to Minister"
- Biblical Basis for Deacons
- Biblical Qualifications for Deacons
- 14 Qualifications for Deacons
- Relationship of Deacons and Elders
- Practical Ministry Teams
- Philosophy of Team Ministries
- Practical Assignments
- Self-Test of Qualifications
One who serves, as distinguished from the master.
- Heb. meshereth, applied to an attendant on one of superior rank,
a. to Joshua, the servant of Moses Ex 33:11
b. to the servant of Elisha 2Ki 4:43
c. to attendants at court 2Ch 22:8
d. to the priests and Levites Jer 33:21 Eze 44:11
- Heb. pelah Ezr 7:24 a "minister" of religion. Here used of that class of sanctuary servants called "Solomon's servants" in Ezr 2:55-58 Ne 7:57-60
- Greek leitourgos, a subordinate public administrator, and in this sense applied to magistrates Ro 13:6 It is applied also to our Lord Heb 8:2 and to Paul in relation to Christ Ro 15:16
- Greek hyperetes (literally, "under-rower"), a personal attendant on a superior, thus of the person who waited on the officiating priest in the synagogue Lu 4:20 It is applied also to John Mark, the attendant on Paul and Barnabas Ac 13:5
- Greek diaconos, usually a subordinate officer or assistant employed in relation to the ministry of the gospel, as to:
a. Paul and Apollos 1Co 3:5
b. Tychicus Eph 6:21
c. Epaphras Col 1:7
d. Timothy 1Th 3:2
e. Christ Ro 15:8