1 This is a statement that can be trusted: If anyone sets his heart on being a bishop, he desires something excellent.
2 A bishop must have a good reputation. He must have only one wife, be sober, use good judgment, be respectable, be hospitable, and be able to teach.
3 He must not drink excessively or be a violent person, but he must be gentle. He must not be quarrelsome or love money.
4 He must manage his own family well. His children should respectfully obey him.
5 (If a man doesn't know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)
6 He must not be a new Christian, or he might become arrogant like the devil and be condemned.
7 People who are not Christians must speak well of him, or he might become the victim of disgraceful insults that the devil sets as traps for him.
8 Deacons must also be of good character. They must not be two-faced or addicted to alcohol. They must not use shameful ways to make money.
9 They must have clear consciences about possessing the mystery of the Christian faith.
10 First, a person must be evaluated. Then, if he has a good reputation, he may become a deacon.
11 Their wives must also be of good character. They must not be gossips, but they must control their tempers and be trustworthy in every way.
12 A deacon must have only one wife. Deacons must manage their children and their families well.
13 Those deacons who serve well gain an excellent reputation and will have confidence as a result of their faith in Christ Jesus.