|Q34 : Women as Deacons|
I am on a team charged with establishing a constitution and by-laws for a new church. We are addressing the Spiritual Infrastructure of the church as described in the NT. Presently we are addressing Pastors, Elders, & Deacons and also Church Discipline.
I read with interest Andy Woods article on The Meaning of "The Husband of One Wife" in 1 Timothy 3:2a. It is by far the best and most thorough treatment I have found on this very complex subject. We have been struggling with the elder/deacon qualification and this helps tremendously.
I wonder if you have any treatments on gender requirements for deacons? When I remove the ruling/governing function from the role of deacon (which many contemporary churches have embraced as a result of the fusing of the deacon and elder role) and examine it in light of its biblical establishment as a servant role which focuses on the practical, active, and helping, coupled with a literal translation of 1 Timothy 3:8, I conclude that woman should be allowed to serve as a deacon. This is contrary to my past belief. Can you point me to any documentation that will assist me in reaching a biblically sound position on this question?