Ekklesia is a Greek word commonly translated as “church” but defined as “a called-out assembly or congregation.”
1 Timothy 3:8-13 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.
• Deacons – “servant” in the general sense of the word. (Greek, diakoneo, Cf. Matthew 4:11; 8:15; 20:28; 25:44; 27:55; Acts 6:2; 19:22; Romans 15:25; 2 Corinthians 3:3; 8:19-20; 1 Timothy 3:10, 13; 2 Timothy 1:18; Philemon 1:13; Hebrews 6:10; 1 Peter 1:12; 4:10-11) (Greek, diakonia, Cf. Luke 10:40; Acts 1:17; 6:1, 4; 11:29; 12:25; 20:24; 21:19; Romans 11:13; 12:7; 15:31; 1 Corinthians 12:5; 16:15; 2 Corinthians 4:1; 5:18; 6:3; 8:4; 9:1, 12-13; 11:8; Ephesians 4:12; 1 Timothy 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:5, 11; Hebrews 1:14; Revelation 2:19) (Greek, diakonos, Cf. Matthew 20:26; 23:11; Mark 9:35; 10:43; John 12:26; Romans 13:4; 15:8; 16:1; 1 Corinthians 3:5; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 6:4; 11:15, 23; Ephesians 3:7; 6:21; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:7, 23, 25; 4:7; 1 Timothy 3:8, 12; 4:6)
This word is used to describe Jesus, apostles, pastors, deacons, and every member of the church. English words used: deacon, serving, waiting, and ministering.
• Who Are Deacons? We use the title Servant Leader for the office of a deacon at Eleven Sixteen Church because it describes the true nature and example that should be set for others to follow.
Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons [diakonos]:
Romans 16:1-2 1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant [diakonos] of the church at Cenchreae, 2 that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well.
Colossians 1:7-8 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant [diakonos]. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
Colossians 4:7 Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant [diakonos] in the Lord. Cf. Ephesians 6:21
• What Deacons Do? Specific responsibilities are not clearly listed in scripture, because their role was to serve whatever needs would arise.
Acts 6:1-4, 7 1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty [diakoneo]. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
You don’t need permission or titles to serve the needs of others. When you see a need and know that you could help, do something.