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What Does the Bible Say About..Female Deacons?

Can a female be a deacon?

Answer

Yes and no. Paul speaks of a woman named Phoebe whom he calls ďa servant [deacon] of the church which is at Cenchrea.Ē (Romans 16:1) Whether that was an official position or a mere description has long been debated. Perhaps she was a widow being supported by the church and doing work for the congregation as a result.

That a woman cannot hold the title of Deacon, as a specially designated servant, as in 1 Timothy 3, is clear. The requirements for the position of deacon can be found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. In verse 12 Paul specifies that the deacon be the husband of one wife. That would disqualify a woman, because any woman who is married to a wife (specifically a woman) would not be part of Godís body.