DEACONSHIP IS SERVANT LEADERSHIP Ephesians 1:22 And he [God] put all things under his [Christ’s] feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
DEACONSHIP IS SERVANT LEADERSHIP “I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between him and every other person in the world there’s no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires, but on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force! But Jesus founded his empire upon love, and at this hour millions of men would die for him!” Napoleon Bonaparte
DEACONSHIP IS SERVANT LEADERSHIP Mark 10:43b But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
DEACONSHIP IS SERVANT LEADERSHIP 1 Corinthians 11:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
DEACONSHIP IS SERVANT LEADERSHIP Romans 12:6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service [diakonia = Deaconship], in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; …
DEACONSHIP IS SERVANT LEADERSHIP 1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
DEACONSHIP IS SERVANT LEADERSHIP Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons : 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
DEACONSHIP IS SERVANT LEADERSHIP 1 Timothy 3:10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.
DEACONSHIP IS STRUCTURED LEADERSHIP Acts 6:1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.
DEACONSHIP IS STRUCTURED LEADERSHIP 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
DEACONSHIP IS STRUCTURED LEADERSHIP Titus 1:5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you
DEACONSHIP IS SERIOUS LEADERSHIP 1 Timothy 3:8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober- minded, faithful in all things.
DEACONSHIP IS SERIOUS LEADERSHIP 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.