The diaconate should not only be filled by men who believe and have received God’s grace. Based on Acts 6 this article shows that deacons should be men who manifest the fullness of God's grace in their lives.
Through the diaconate Christ is present with his church, and deacons administer Christ’s mercy. This article based on 1 Timothy 3 shows that the standard required to be a deacon is a high one. It points out that this standard should at the same time characterize every Christian.
This article looks at what qualifies someone to be a deacon. The author discusses the qualificaitions of deacons, touching on the topics of personal godliness, relationships with family, and relationships with others. The article also shows ways of preparing those who are elected for the duty in the ministry of mercy.