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1 Timothy 3:13

"Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus."

Man on a tightrope between a large boulder and a stone mountain.

Serving as a church leader is not easy. And it can be particularly difficult for those who are volunteer leaders. But lay leaders are needed in the church today. Deacons have different roles in various denominations. In the church I grew up in, deacons were men in the church who specialized in service ministries. They would help widows with home improvement projects. They would deliver used clothing to the poor and they would visit church members who were in the hospital.

These are all very important tasks, and while you don't need to be a deacon in the church to engage in this kind of service, the role does provide you with more opportunities. The position also gives you a greater ability to organize service teams and identify community needs. Not only will you be able to help others in a more official and recognized manner, you'll also grow in your spiritual maturity. So take some time to consider if the Lord is prompting you to step up to a larger role in your church.

(New Living Translation; photo credit: Brent Payton via Unsplash)

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