“I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a deacon of the church which is at Cenchrea: that ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.” – Romans 16: 1-2
If one feels called, by the Holy Spirit, to join the Sisterhood of Chrsit as a Deacon, there are personal questions she should be able to answer, and ones that will be asked by the Fellowship. Before talking to their local congregation’s Pastor/Bishop about becoming a Deacon, one should first look internally, to be sure their call came from the Lord; and that they are worthy of it. We learn in the Book of Avahr that those with the desire to serve are, in fact, called of God (Avahr 13:5).
Paul counsels us as to our personal worthiness to the call, stating that a deacon must:
- be grave (serious minded)
- not double tongued (not prone to gossip or going back on her word)
- nor a drunk (not one that over indulges or abuses drugs or alcohol)
- not guilty of any serious sins
- should be generous
- a deacon is not required to be married, but she should be faithful to her husband or wife if married
- (if married) her husband or wife should be as worthy of the call as she is (note: membership of the spouse is not required)
- be a righteous wife and mother, helping to raise her children unto Christ
- be willing to share these strengths as the help to edify the Church (1 Timothy 3: 8-13)
If one looks at herself and finds she is worthy, she may talk to her local Pastor/Bishop about becoming a Deacon. If she is 18 years of age or older, she may also consider skipping deaconship and becoming a Priestess; if the Lord so desires.
The Lord has commanded the Fellowship to ask all prospective deacons the following:
- Do you take upon yourself the name of Christ?
- Have you been born again unto your redeemer, Jesus Christ?
- Do you desire to serve the Lord in the office of deacon?
- Will you strive to move forward in Christ, that the Holy Spirit may be in you and with you even unto the end of your life?
- Are you obedient to the laws of your land (or of your country), in the kingdom of men?
If she answers in the affirmative to all of these, is willing to rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those that mourn, and she does not cause that harm come to another; she may partake of the Lord’s ordinances as the Holy Spirit so leads her and join the Sisterhood of Miriam in Deaconship.
If there is any doubt as to the nature of the individual, two witness against her would be required to keep her out of the office. If there are doubts, but no witnesses against, three witnesses for the prospective Deacon would be required (she may be a witness of herself).
If one attempts to become a Deacon, but is not worthy, she should be taught; and if repentant and can find three witnesses willing to testify that she has repented, she may become a deacon and serve the Fellowship.
Any later found unworthy may still be stripped of their title.
The duties of a deacon are as follows:
- to assist the teachers (though Deacons would not be a part of the Order of the Ministry)
- warn, expound, exhort members, teach other deacons, and invite all to come unto Christ
- carry her license with her at all times
- give letters of certification to members, showing they are in good standing, should they need to travel
Being a deacon is not a full time job, but an unpaid service to the Fellowship. Once called to be a deacon, the new deacon will first receive her Initiatories, and after being ordained, given the first part of her Endowment, so that when she gather with sister deacons, or with teachers, they may all welcome each other with the first token of the Levitical Priesthood.
There may be up to 12 deacons in an assembly.
If you have a question, or feel the call of the Holy Spirit to join the Benevolent Society as a deacon, please contact us: