The other leadership position mentioned in the New Testament Church is the office of deacon. Deacons are different than elders as far as their function. They do not function as an overseer, but by definition of the term deacon, a servant. As Paul points out in his first letter to Timothy, this also is a very important leadership role. Deacons function as servants and they are charged with the material welfare of the church. In short, to minister in such a way as to keep harmony in the body of believers. The only major differences in qualifications is that the deacon does not have to have the ability to teach, and can be male or female. (1 Timothy 3:8-15.) If there is any question about women serving as deacons, I refer you to Romans 16:1, where Paul commends “our sister Phoebe, who is a servant (deaconess) of the church which is at Chenchera;”