I’d make an exception for new believers.
But hear me out…
Here is one of the most prominent New Testament instructions for deacons:
“In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well.” Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 3:8-13
Question: What decently mature Christian believer wouldn’t qualify for that?
Sure, if you took the strict interpretation (that I don’t think is warranted) that a deacon must be married and have kids, what would limit single and childless folks.
But short of that, a deacon is simply a mature believer who exhibits a life of service.
Yes, newer believers might lack that maturity in various areas, but pretty much all mature disciples of Jesus should be well qualified to be deacons.
For the church to be all that Jesus desires, we need to flip the script.
We need to take this clergy / laity divide and not just bury it but cremate it.
We need to raise our expectations across the body and stop teaching people that they are only to be the recipients of the ministry of others.
Until we lift up the spiritual maturity that Jesus desires of all of his disciples, we will continue to fall short of all that he has for us.