Indifference toward deacon development places the church in a precarious state. By and large, congregations stand to be weakened by deacons who have not discovered the exciting possibilities of the office. When pastor and congregation disregard the need to have trained deacons, the office is allowed to recede into one of mere honor rather than service established in Christ.
On the other hand, trained deacons or those in training discover exciting opportunities with which the office of deacons is filled. They come to perceive the office as one of service rather than honor. The church is strengthened exceedingly by their effective and efficient leadership under the sight of the pastor.
Unquestionable, God is looking for a special breed of deacons-a New Testament breed who are Spirit-filled and qualified. To say that deacons are qualified is to say also that they are trained for the work of deacons.