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Deacons Are Not Elders
Biblical deacons do not lead in that capacity nor are they a management board of directors.
They only have an individual supportive function, ...if the church is fully Christian. Elders lead!
What difference does it make?  
 
The term 'elder' (presbyter) in the Bible means senior in the sense of leader at a community or at a church level.
The term 'deacon' (diakoneõ) means servant/attendant and is a supporting function without leadership. This is why there were no deacons in the Christian Church on the day of Pentecost at its beginning. They came into being only when there was a specific need to administer material assistance to needy Christians.
 
 
But, of the Elders, the Bible says concerning Apostles Paul and Silas –
"they delivered to them for observance
the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem
"
for elders are responsible for the direction and spiritual condition of the Christian Church.




Acts 16:4.
A
lack of Biblical perspective has unfurtunately allowed the corruption of the office of Deacon to become a management function similar to directors of a business enterprise in this world. This perversion has blunted the purpose of Diaconal functions and seriously degraded the function of Elder.
 
This
distinction between the two offices is spiritually significant, not simply to conform to the Biblical example, but for the full development of direction-setting spiritual leadership ministry in the local church, for the world's business-management model has infiltrated Christianity and in many places has turned deacons in a board of directors who then hire a pastor to work for them as a chaplain.
 
The
term "pastor", meaning shepherd, has become a general symbolic term for the function of full-time Elders in a Biblical sense.
But Elders are not part-time pastoral assistants as the term is frequently so treated.
 
This misleading perspective is a serious hindrance to the full spiritual maturity of the practical functioning of the local Christian church!
There
is no distinction between the office of Elder and that of Pastor, even though it has become customary to use "pastor" for a full time preacher and "elder" for a part-time assistant to the pastor. This distinction has no Biblical basis.
 
 
The distinction between full-time and part-time presybterial service is related to the Bible's teaching on the function of the spiritual teacher or preacher. For instance, in 1 Corinthians 9:14 the Bible says –
"the Lord commanded that those who proclaim/preach the gospel should get their living by the gospel."
 
So
the difference is in the nature of their ministry. The preacher, where possible, is therefore obligated to be full-time in that capacity, but this is not true in general of the pastoral office itself. Therefore pastors/elders that do not preach or teach may be part-time in their function as the local church can afford.
 
A restoration of the proper balance between the offices of Deacon and that of Elder/Pastor is part of the restoration of the Christian Church
to the wisdom upon which the Holy Spirit formed the Body of Christ to operate directly at a local level, by spiritually
shaping and energising believers to represent God to the world according to His character and authority.

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