Unmarried/Married Pastors, Bishops, Elders or Deacons in IFB Ministry Posted September 5, 2018 · Edited September 5, 2018 by Brother Stafford · Report reply Forgive me if this is elsewhere on the forum. I searched for it, but could not find it. I have been reading on the subject of unmarried/married pastors and can see that there is quite a bit of disagreement on this. Since 1 Timothy speaks about such leadership as being "the husband(s) of one wife," and "One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;" &c., many people believe that a man must be married and have a family in order to be such a church leader. On the other hand, because Paul spoke of the benefits of being unmarried (1 Cor. 7:6-9, 32-35) and that Jesus spoke about people making themselves Eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 19:12), they believe that unmarried church leadership is allowed. I would like to hear the thoughts of some of the men here on the forum about this subject and why you may be for or opposed to one view or the other.