The word “blameless” as a requirement for bishops and deacons occurs 5 times in I Timothy and Titus. It means unaccusable, unreprovable, not open to censure. The requirements for this office consist entirely of character qualities and family management, except that bishops must be able to teach. The term bishop and elder are used interchangeably for those who have oversight over a congregation, while the deacon deals primarily with physical needs. The term “priest” is never used to describe any New Testament church leader.
Today we hear a lot of different ideas about what a church should do and be. There are teaching churches, soul winnning churches, purpose driven churches, big box churches run on consumer demand etc. The New Testament gives some clear teachings about what the church is and how it is to conduct itself. These teachings are scattered in different epistles, addressing different situations. Yet there is no bible study tool to help a person put these teachings side by side to compare them to get the big picture of God’s plan for the church. I hope this site can help you get the answers you need.