The Gospel and Church Leadership
1 Timothy 3:1-13
Qualifications for Deacons
8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,[c] 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[d] be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.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.
a. 1 Timothy 3:2 Or bishop; Greek episkopos; a similar term occurs in verse 1
b. 1 Timothy 3:2 Or a man of one woman; also verse 12
c. 1 Timothy 3:8 Or devious in speech
d. 1 Timothy 3:11 Or Wives, likewise, must, or Women, likewise, must