Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
Religion, Biblical Studies; Religion, Clergy; Religion, General; Theology
Payne, Jr., Waylan Lawrence, "The Role of a New Testament Deacon: An Office to Hold or a Ministry to Perform" (1996). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. Paper 236.
The function of deacons in many Southern Baptist churches is inconsistent with biblical principles, creating confusion at the local church level. This phenomenon is substantiated by information gathered from available literature, surveys, and personal interviews with professors, pastors and deacons. The purpose of this paper is to present a biblical and historical basis for the diaconate and to provide successful deacon ministries as positive role models. Two church offices are recognized--pastor/elder/overseer and deacon. Deacons are not elders or overseers. When they attempt to perform as such, administrating church business, they are functionally violating New Testament principle and practice.