Original Research

The diakonia of the elder according to 1 Peter

Gert Breed
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 3 | a2102 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i3.2102 | © 2016 Gert Breed | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 February 2016 | Published: 18 August 2016

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Gert Breed, Faculty of Theology, School for Minister’s Training, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


In this article, the ministry of the elder is investigated according to 1 Peter 5:1–5 from the perspective of the usage of the diakon word group in 1 Peter. Firstly, the place of 1 Peter 5 in the context of the whole letter is examined. Then the connection between 1 Peter 5:1–4 and 1 Peter 4:7–11 is ascertained. That is followed by a detailed exegesis of 1 Peter 5:1–4. It is found that the immediate context (1 Peter 4), indicates that in 5:1–4, Peter describes the diakonia of the elders. Based on the research, guidelines are suggested for the diakonia of the elder according to 1 Peter.


Elder; Ministry; Diakon word group; Diakonia; 1 Peter; Leadership; Jesus’ teaching


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