1 Timothy 3:15 "but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself inthe household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth."
The word "conduct" was not only used in Paul's day to refer to moral behavior, but it also was used in contexts that referred to soldiers rallying in war, horses running down the final stretch of a race and people aspiring to be better than they are are right now. 1 Timothy is truly the blueprint for a good church striving to be better and a better church aiming to be the best it can be for God. Thankfully we are not alone in this improvement project. God is working in us and through us His perfect and pleasing will. (Philippians 2:12-13) Undoubtedly the Lord has prescribed two main offices that lead (i.e pastors in 1 Timothy 3:1-7) and serve (i.e Deacons in 1 Timothy 3:8-13) to enable God's people to move forward in God's process of improvement towards Christ-likeness.
Pastors, Deacons and church members need to improve from where they're at to where Christ is wanting them to be.
The Deacons are called to aspire in their conduct toward the qualifications that we will look at shortly in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Then of course the church membership are urged to improve in areas such as being more godly men and women (1 Timothy 2:1-10); have more effective marriages (1 Timothy 2:11-15); more respectful of older members of the congregation (1 Timothy 5); not gossip and attack each other (1 Timothy 5); respect the pastoral leadership (1 Timothy 5:17-18). Then everyone, from the pastors to the deacons to the membership are to work together in being better than they are by the Lord's strength. (1 Timothy 6) To aim to be better is moralism, which is not what I'm advocating nor this chapter in 1 Timothy. To aim to be more like Jesus is supernatural. Cooperation with God. He in me and me in Him. (Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12-13) God desires for pastors and churches to improve from where they're at to where Christ is wanting them to be.
Improvement may not always sound desirable, yet it is necessary for growth in the Christian life and life of the church