Can children as young as 10 be ordained as deacons/deaconesses?

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The Bible gives the qualification for deacons/deaconesses in the church:

“Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 3:8-13).

It is the duty of the church leadership to investigate all phases of a person’s life before giving him/her that office. Every church deacon should be a peacemaker, not a scandal-bearer or troublemaker. He does not use the benefits of his office for personal gain for money is not his chief aim in life.

The deacon is to be not only a well-informed Bible teacher but also one who replicates the principles of the Bible in his life. He will illustrate the values of the Christian faith in his dealings with people. The deacon will stand blameless before God and man with a clear conscious.

Also, the deacon should be married and should order his house in God’s principles and train his children to walk in the right path. A religion that does not work in the home is not effective in witness.

It is clear from the description that is given in the Bible that children are not qualified at all to hold the position of deacons in the church. Even young men who are not married are not qualified for such office. The position of a deacon should be held by a person that is mature in years and have had an honorable history as a Christian in the church.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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