Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Rick Rasberry


Biblical Leadership, Deacon, Leadership, New Church Plant, Servant Leadership


Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | Other Religion | Religion


The office of deacon is vital within the local church and often varies from one congregation to another. There are many misconceptions concerning the role and responsibilities of deacons. The Bible clearly defines deacons as those who function as servant leaders. The purpose of this project is to address the biblical, theoretical, practical and personal observations that will assist new church plants in equipping potential candidates for the office of deacon, as servant leaders. The project will address vital areas of deacon ministry that will include; discovering the history of deacon ministry, the biblical qualifications for a deacon, the relationship of the deacon to the pastor, and how a deacon is to serve within the local church. The project will address the biblical analysis of leadership. The project will examine the earthly life and ministry of Jesus Christ and demonstrate why He is the perfect model of servant leadership. The writer will survey new church planters to identify their knowledge and understanding of deacons as servant leaders. The data gleaned from the surveys will be utilized to assist pastors in adopting strategic deacon training as an added resource within new church plants. In a new church plant, the value of training and equipping deacons as servant leaders will lay a foundation that will build and foster effective leadership for years to come.