Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. 1 Timothy 3:8-11
Paul outlines the character qualities that Timothy should consider in selecting elders and deacons. They are marks of Christlikeness and growing maturity. In both cases, he reminds Timothy not to be hasty. The Deacons, for instance, should ‘first be tested’. In other words, their should be some experiences where they have had responsibility and demonstrated faithfulness. Their reputation inside and outside the church is important as well. Paul had in mind that both men and women could serve as deacons and deaconesses.
How does my character match up to the list?
God, as this day begins, please continue to help me become the man You want me to be, reflecting more and more the character of Christ.