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Diakonia in the New Testament and a vision for a biblically based ministry plan

Gert Breed
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 53, No 1 | a2475 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v53i1.2475 | © 2019 Gert Breed | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 March 2019 | Published: 15 October 2019

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

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When a local congregation holds the Bible as its authoritative source document in a post-Christian milieu and embarks on developing a ministry plan, it should base its plan on the Bible as the revelation of God. One aspect of a ministry plan of a local congregation is the service ministries (διακονία). In this article, I attempt to answer the question what previous exegetical studies by the author and other researchers of the diakon-words in the New Testament could contribute towards the development of a biblically based ministry plan for a local church. The principles for service ministries identified from the results of the previous exegetical work, are presented in an overview and integrated into a plan for service ministries. The conclusion is that the exegetical studies of the διάκον-word group in the New Testament have provided valuable insight into the service ministries and therefore contribute to an overall ministry plan of a congregation.


Diakon-Words; Ministry Plan; Congregation; Deacon; Elder; Ministry; Truth; Love.


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