The same goes for those who want to be servants in the church: serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it.
They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things.
Let them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on.
No exceptions are to be made for women - same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine.
Servants in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their own children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs.
Those who do this servant work will come to be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)