First, deacons must be “worthy of respect.” Not only should their deportment be right in Church, and in Church affairs but their activities, character, and conduct in daily life must be such as to inspire respect and confidence.
Since the work of the deacons is so vital, what kind of men and women should be considered for it? Obviously not just anybody will do, for the Church is a spiritual concern. Spiritual qualifications are basic and many present problems have come about from ignoring this rule.
First, deacons must be “worthy of respect.” Not only should their deportment be right in Church, and in Church affairs but their activities, character, and conduct in daily life must be such as to inspire respect and confidence. A deacon’s witness must be good in business and social dealings. Their personal behaviour and habit must be Christian.
Second, a deacon must not be double-tongued – speaking one way with one group and the opposite way with another group, or one thing to a man’s face and another to his back. He must be a straight speaker. His word must be truthful and sincere, not a gossip.
Third, a deacon must not indulge in much wine (v.8). His self-control must be manifested in the way he drinks. He must not be a heavy drinker. Total abstinence may be advisable in most situations, where wine could be a hindrance to effective witness.
Fourth, a deacon must “not (be) pursuing dishonest gain.”The man whose only aim in life is to amass material things, irrespective of how he does so, is not fit to be a deacon. The deacon must be careful how he amasses his wealth and must be a good steward of his possessions.
Fifth, a deacon must “keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.”The deacon should be stable and sound in the teachings of Christ. He should be grounded in the Scriptures and also understand the teachings of his denomination. He ought to be a missionary Baptist –firm in his faith, stable in his convictions, sound in his beliefs and correct in his church loyalty. He must be one whose conscience is void of offence toward God and men in the practice of his Christian beliefs.
Sixth, A deacon “must first be tested” (v. 10). Paul now spends some time to talk about the qualification of deaconesses in verse 11.First, he says that they must be “worthy of respect.” The woman who will be ordained a deaconess should be characterized by a seriousness of purpose and self-respect in conduct. Second, she should not be a “malicious talker” or “slanderous.”The deaconess must watch her tongue to make sure she does not injure the reputation of others or use it in a way that is harmful to others. Thirdly, a deaconess should be “temperate.”an attitude of mind or a character that does not over-indulge in anything that will lessen one’s Christian vigilance or soil one’s Christian conduct. Finally, she must be “trustworthy in everything.” This is a comprehensive requirement. A deaconess must not be lax in taking care of her assigned duties.