Recovering the Biblical Office of Deacon

In this episode of the Holy Joys Podcast, Johnathan Arnold and Dr. David Fry discuss the biblical office of deacon (aka the diaconate) and why it needs to be recovered in churches where it is not practiced or where the term “deacon” is loosely applied without regard for the biblical qualifications. Key topics/passages include:

  • 1 Timothy 3:8–13
  • Acts 6:1–6
  • Philippians 1:1
  • Romans 16:1
  • Female deacons (deaconesses)
  • Deacons in the apostolic fathers and early church tradition
  • Deacons in the Reformers and early Methodism
  • Ordination
  • Deacons in relationship to Elders/Pastors/Overseers
  • Tips for implementation
Johnathan Arnold
Johnathan Arnold
Johnathan Arnold is a husband, father, and aspiring pastor-theologian, as well as the founder and president of You can connect with him on Twitter @jsarnold7.