Duties of Deacons

Duties of Deacons

While elders are the shepherds of the flock (congregation), they are primarily focused on the spiritual needs of the members. Deacons were established in the first century church when a physical need was identified. Our deacons head up specific areas of physical needs within our congregation as well as our outreach efforts.

Acts 6:1-4 (NKJV) 
1  Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
2  Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.
3  Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;
4  but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word."

Seven men were chosen for this work, however, a congregation should not feel they are limited to only seven men as larger congregations will require more men to head up the more needs of more members.

Acts 6:5-6 (NKJV) 
5  And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch,
6  whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.

Our deacons