Question can a man who is married to a divorced woman serve in church leadership answer as a background please read our article on the husband of one wife.
Yesterday i posted this question on facebook can a divorced person be a deacon an hour later we had over 40 responses this morning the number is approaching 150 and as one might expect the answers were all over the map few people are without an opinion on this subject.
3 a divorced person should not serve as a bishop 4 a deacon could not remarry if widowed through the centuries considerable support has been given to the fourth explanation.
Elders and deacons are held to a higher standard if i were divorced while a believer i would no longer consider myself eligible for official leadership in the church i can still serve and have a ministry but not as an official elder or deacon i believe each situation must be evaluated individually and in depth.
Span classnews_dtfeb 18 2005spannbsp018332the pastor should not have used verse 2 to support his belief he should have and may have used verse 12 let the deacons be the husbands of one wife ruling their children and their own houses well kjv can a man rule his house well if he cannot keep his home together just asking not giving an opinion yet.
Still other southern baptist churches view 1 timothy 32 as barring any divorced man from pastoral or deacon ministry again there is no way for us to know the actual numbers but there likely is a significant number of churches representing each view.
Span classnews_dtoct 15 2001spannbsp018332from a primitive baptist point of view it would largely depend on why the candidate for deacon were divorced and who was the offending party to cause the marriage to break up it dont think there is a blanket yes or no answer to the question but each candidtate should be judged on his qualifications and if there is some difficulty there.
First timothy 32 and titus 16 teach that an elder or pastor must be known as the husband of one wife a qualification also mentioned regarding deacons in 1 timothy 312 because of this requirement some have asked if a man married to a divorced woman can serve in church leadership does the bible.
Our pastor says we cant have someone that has been divorced and we cant have the ones that havent been divorced as deacons because they dont have enough commitment to god we really dont have a desire to elect deacons that dont show an interest in serving.