By TylerR Feb 20 2019 DeaconsGuy Waters: The Bible opens the office of diaconate to men only. 974 reads There are 4 Comments Also TylerR - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 7:45am See the companion article which argues the office of deacon is also for women. Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist? I'm a "No" w Who Became a "Yes" Ron Bean - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 9:09am I would say that women can be deacons. Practically, I find that the people who serve me or others, whether in a church or in a restaurant, are exercising authority over me as a man. My observation has been that churches where deacons simply served in service roles were open to female deacons. Churches where deacons exercised authority, sometimes to the point of acting like elders, held logically to the men only position. "Some things are of that nature as to make one's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache." John Bunyan We have deaconesses. Wayne Wilson - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:06pm I think the arguments for 1 Tim 3 being about deaconesses are compelling. We have a separate deaconess board from the deacon board. The ladies focus on care of women in particular and put on various events. They have their own account. The all male deacon board handles the church finances and other practical matters related to the whole church. We have elders who provide spiritual oversight and are the highest authority. It works well. Wayne Wilson wrote: T Howard - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:38pm Wayne Wilson wrote: I think the arguments for 1 Tim 3 being about deaconesses are compelling. Which argument do you find most compelling?