Is there any rule about having an equal number of elders and deacons?

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We have assigned roles for out elders and deacons (E.G. Worship Elder; Youth Elder; Compassion Deacon; Finance Deacon). We currently have five elders and five deacons. We believe that one of our positions that is currently filled by a deacon would better be filled by an elder. Is it acceptable to have six elders and four deacons?

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Ron,

There is no rule on that.  Having six elders and four deacons is perfectly acceptable.  It all comes down to a judgment of the local council as to the needs that have to be attended to and whether the officebearers' work gets done efficiently and effectively.  Peace.

 

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For what it's worth, I just finished serving a church where there were 4 deacons and 2 elders. This was based on the giftedness of the individuals who allowed their name to stand for council, though this also fit well with the needs of the church. (Ideally, at least one more elder would have made the workload more manageable.) Stan

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