1 Timothy 3:8–13 (ESV)
Qualifications for Deacons
8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing
their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
Notice that the qualifications for a pastor and a deacon are
about the same. Both take a look at the whole family, just not the individual. A Christian who serves in the ministry should have a solid family. This is not always the case, but it is an indicator. I remember hearing a pastor state
that if you want to view the spiritual health of a pastor, look at his wife and children. I must say that I know a lot of pastors who have gone through marital problems, divorce, and or family problems. Pray for your pastors, and their families.
There is a lot of pressure on pastors who tend to deal with people’s problems. Negativity and depression affects a lot of pastors. You can see by these qualifications that pastors and deacons live in glass houses. Every one is watching
the pastor, his wife, and his children. Children have enough pressure these days, but living in a glass house where you are constantly under the microscope of the congregation is something the kids did not ask for. Pray for you pastors, deacons,
I pray: Lord Jesus, as You so wonderfully serve us with the rich treasures of Your redeeming grace, inspire us by that grace joyfully to serve others in Your precious name. Amen.