Bible: 1 Tim 3:1-11
Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons
3:1 This saying 1 is trustworthy: “If someone aspires to the office of overseer, 2 he desires a good work.” 3:2 The overseer 3 then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, 4 temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, 3:3 not a drunkard, not violent, but gentle, not contentious, free from the love of money. 3:4 He must manage his own household well and keep his children in control without losing his dignity. 5 3:5 But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God? 3:6 He must not be a recent convert or he may become arrogant 6 and fall into the punishment that the devil will exact. 7 3:7 And he must be well thought of by 8 those outside the faith, 9 so that he may not fall into disgrace and be caught by the devil’s trap. 10
3:8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, 11 not two-faced, 12 not given to excessive drinking, 13 not greedy for gain, 3:9 holding to the mystery of the faith 14 with a clear conscience. 3:10 And these also must be tested first and then let them serve as deacons if they are found blameless. 3:11 Likewise also their wives 15 must be dignified, not slanderous, temperate, faithful in every respect.