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Can a women be a deacon?

Submitted: 9/2/2012
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Question: Could it be possible that a women can be ordained as a deacon?

Answer: We believe not. This is because the description for a deacon in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 is for a man. It even includes the qualifications for his wife (a woman wouldn't have a wife). Also, we believe Acts 6:1-6 is the prototype for the selection of deacons, and it says, 'Seek out from among you seven men of good reputation.' Not seven women or even six men and one woman. We don't believe the apostles ever conceived of a woman serving as either a pastor (elder-overseer) or a deacon. There are many other ways that women can serve in a local assembly. Please see our article called 'The Role of Women in the Local Assembly' found on Shelf 4 of the Apostolic Free Library on this website.