5. Can a woman be ordained as a deaconess?



Yes, she can. For Paul, in the epistle to the Romans, speaks of a deaconess. Here are his words: “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant [or deaconess] of the Church in Cenchrea. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me” (Romans 16:1-2 – NIV).

However, I would like to point out that a deacon is not appointed in order to teach, for among the qualifications a person must have to become a deacon the following one “able to teach” is missing (1 Timothy 3:8-13). On the contrary, if a believer desires the position of a bishop (or elder) he must be “able to teach” (1 Timothy 3:2 – NKJV).