20 Tips For Pastors Who Want To Better Work With Deacons

Leadership involves working with people. Contrary to some beliefs, deacons are human beings too! If a church is to have success in it’s growth and maturity, then it will need a good group of deacons that work well with the pastor. Of course, the pastor must take the lead in this endeavor and set the godly example for his men.

Like cogs in machinery, pastors and deacons must work together. In this post we want to share 20 tips for pastors as they seek to work with their deacons in a better way. May the thoughts expressed here find lodging place in your heart and seek to be a resource in days to come.

Listed below are 20 tips for pastors on the subject, “How To Work With Deacons”

  1. Study the election of the first deacons in Acts 6:1-7Acts 6:1-7
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    6 1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.  

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  2. Study carefully the qualifications of a deacon given in 1 Timothy 3:8-131 Timothy 3:8-13
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. used...: or, ministered  

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  3. Understand the proper roles of pastors and deacons. Learn the function of each.
  4. Elect only men to be deacons who meet the scriptural qualifications. Acts 6 (honest, spiritual and wise) and 1 Timothy 3.
  5. Remind deacons that we are all servants, not bosses.
  6. Honor, commend (also publicly) and show proper respect for deacons.
  7. Teach the deacons that the pastor does not work for them, or under them, but for God.
  8. Work at creating teamwork.
  9. Teach them to uphold and protect the pastor.
  10. Do not try to be a little dictator. A pastor/dictatorship is wrong and a committee- run church is wrong.
  11. Whenever God wants something done He calls a man and then He gathers around that man others to help him.
  12. Do not desire or expect deacons to be “YES MEN.” Genuinely desire their wisdom, help, and input.
  13. Honor deacons’ wives.
  14. Give them a gift of appreciation at the end of their term.
  15. Have a banquet and have testimonies.
  16. Honor them publicly.
  17. Pray for them.
  18. Love them.
  19. Do not make special friends or become partial to one or more of your deacons.
  20. Remember that God’s order is bishops (pastors), deacons, and people (saints).


You may not agree with everything that has been stated, but you will have to agree with me that these 20 tips are outstanding! If Christ’s church is to be what it ought to be, then pastors and deacons will have to work together!

These tips have been taken from the book A Manual For Young Pastors (And Older Ones Too) by Dr. Jim Phillips. Dr. Phillips has graciously given permission for The Working Pastor to use his material. Any quotes from here need to be given to Dr. Phillips. For those who would like a copy of this book simply contact Brother Phillips: Dr. Jim Phillips – 13 Darby Hill Lane Taylors, SC 29687 or call: 864-609-9431 The book is $17.00 and $3.00 S&H.;

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Originally posted 2011-01-25 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About Andrew Schank

Andrew Schank is an Independent Baptist Missionary/Pastor who loves to blog about spiritual matters! His main ministry website is http://www.togetherinthegap.com. Andrew is also a contributing author to two other blogs/websites including http://linked2leadership.com and http://www.ifbkjv.com. Pastor Schank's Church website is http://www.greatcommissionbaptist.org
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